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Hot Pickin 57s


Hot Pickin 57s is Austin’s favorite band playing Bluegrass, Classic Country and Americana music. We’re out of Austin, but playing all over Texas. Whether you’re planning a corporate event, wedding, festival, house concert, private party, gala, or booking a club, we’d love to help make your event a success.

Hot Pickin is a 4-piece band with acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and upright bass, along with lead and harmony vocals, but also play as a duo, trio or 5-piece.

• Moontower Entertainment artist (Austin)

• EVAmore artist (Nashville)

• Siegel Entertainment artist (Vancouver)

The band formed in January 2016, and had a terrific year with shows at Luckenbach, 30th Annual Grapefest, a 290 Texas House Concert sponsored by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, and Oskar Blues among many others, with continued success ever since. Hot Pickin released their debut self-titled CD in October 2017. In January 2019 we welcomed Shawn Spiars, a great vocalist and banjo player, and thanked Eddie Collins for three great years as he stepped down from the band.

The seeds for the band were planted in 1997. Max was 10 years old. He heard Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits, loved it, and his family started going to hear bluegrass at Artz Rib house in Austin, Texas. Max would tape Eddie Collins’s band, and listen to it for hours, and soon was taking lessons from Eddie. He started playing out a bit and got to do some shows with Eddie and other area pickers. Max, an award winning flat picking guitarist, returned to Austin after earning a degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (with majors in guitar and mandolin performance) and began several projects, including Hot Pickin 57s.

Hot Pickin released their debut self-titled CD in October 2017, and an EP entitled “Hot Picks” in October 2019.

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