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Published: 2008/12/04

Hot Buttered Rum Return to the Studio with Bluhm and Butler

On Tuesday we reported that Zachary Matthews had left Hot Buttered Rum, and yesterday we announced that drummer Matt Butler will join the group for some upcoming shows. Today we can also confirm that Hot Buttered Rum will return to the studio in early 2009. Butler will join Hot Buttered Rum on the new album, which will be produced by Mother Hips guitarist Tim Bluhm.

The group has also issued a statement recording Matthews departure:
Following the announcement of Zac’s departure, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support through this transition. While we are very excited about the future of HBR, we hope it goes without saying that Zac will be greatly missed. We wish our brother Zac nothing but the best and wish him great success in his future endeavors. Although Zac has already played his last show with HBR, we hope you will join us in continuing to honor him: Our band and community would not be the same without Zac’s tremendous contributions.
As we look toward the future, the band remains excited about continuing to play shows, produce music, connect with new fans, and contribute to our community. Today, we head off to the Midwest for a two-week tour that will bring us through some of our favorite towns. We are excited that our long-time friend and collaborator Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra) will join us on drums for most of these shows. Matt will also join us (along with Phil Ferlino of New Monsoon) at some shows on our upcoming New Year’s run in Denver. As HBR evolves, we look forward to seeing you in the Midwest, Colorado, and during our California and East Coast shows in January.
Hot Buttered Rum will appear at Madison, WIs Majestic Theatre this evening.

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