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NICK FORSTER


BIO: Born in Beirut in 1955 (his father worked for the State Department), Nick was raised in upstate New York. He started playing drums at age ten, but abandoned them in favor of his first guitar a year later. As a teen, he played in folk and folk-rock bands. His desire to pursue music as a career in the mid-seventies led him to Colorado, where he met up with the three young men who would join him in forming the contemporary bluegrass band Hot Rize in 1978. For the band, Nick supplied bass, vocals and guitar and was also well known for his exceptional ease and grace as the M.C. and host. He won recognition as a writer as well, earning praise from Rolling Stone Magazine as "an exceptional songwriter." Hot Rize established an acclaimed international reputation, releasing ten albums and touring worldwide fulltime for over 12 years. The band appeared on countless radio and television programs, including Austin City Limits, The Grand Old Opry and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Hot Rize earned both a Grammy nomination and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award in 1991. Ironically, in the face of this success, the band members collectively decided to pursue individual projects later that year and went into semi-retirement. While on a highly successful State tour in eastern Europe during this time, Nick conceived the idea of a new concept in radio, etown, the popular weekly radio variety show now heard coast-to-coast. As etown's host, Nick leads a radio program that entices the audience with live performances from today's top musicians, then engages listeners with conversation and information about our communities and our environment. His warm on-air wit, stellar guitar playing and strong vocals are hallmarks of the show. In addition to etown, Nick remains an active player in the music world, performing at major festivals and playing recording sessions for various artists like Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Kathy Mattea. He also is an accomplished record producer whose most recent project was nominated for a Grammy.

Latest Articles


Bowregard's Debut Full-Length Studio Album ARROWS Releases Today Photo Bowregard's Debut Full-Length Studio Album ARROWS Releases Today
by TV News Desk - July 01, 2020

Colorado bluegrass outfit Bowregard are proud to announce the release of their debut full-length album Arrows - out today, July 1, 2020. The album release follows the premiere of the band's new single “High on a Mountain” on The Bluegrass Situation last Friday, and the band's first single “Fallen An...
Grace Potter, Jack Johnson, Marcus Mumford and More Join 'Banding Together' Virtual C Photo Grace Potter, Jack Johnson, Marcus Mumford and More Join 'Banding Together' Virtual Concert
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2020

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MT, The Colorado Music Relief Fund (CMRF) will launch with a virtual event, 'Banding Together: A Concert for the Colorado Music Relief Fund,' presented by Breckenridge Brewery...
Hot Rize Announces 40th Anniversary Album Recorded Live at Boulder Theatre Photo Hot Rize Announces 40th Anniversary Album Recorded Live at Boulder Theatre
by TV News Desk - June 27, 2018

Hot Rize, one of the most respected and influential bands in bluegrass music, is pleased to announce the release of their aptly named new record Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, recorded live at Boulder Theatre, over the course of three sold out shows in January of this year. Hot Rize (Nick Forster o...
Ani DiFranco, Elephant Revival, Sierra Hull and More Join 8th Festy Experience Lineup
by BWW News Desk - June 15, 2017

The Festy Experience is excited to announce the second round of its music lineup for the 8th annual festival, happening October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia....
DANNY BARNES + SILAS HERMAN Comes to the Fox Theater
by BWW News Desk - March 27, 2017

Danny Barnes is already known as an iconic American musician, a banjo playing innovator who's earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Matthews to Steve Martin, who presented Danny with the Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. From the days with his groundbreaking Austin band, ...
Chris Cornell Releases Fifth Studio Album HIGHER TRUTH Today
by BWW News Desk - September 18, 2015

Multiple Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth today, September 18, 2015...
Chris Cornell to Release Fifth Studio Album 'Higher Truth', 9/18
by BWW News Desk - August 12, 2015

Multiple Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth on Friday, September 18, 2015...