While Hot Buttered Rum might be a bluegrass band, the five-piece fuses elements from folk, reggae and rock and roll into its music, setting it apart from the other bands in the genre. The result of this fusion is a progressive style of bluegrass that has won the band headlining spots at prominent venues and invitations to some of the country's most respected bluegrass festivals. Since forming in 2002, the San Francisco Bay Area band has shifted its lineup and developed its sound significantly, but continues to grow its bi-coastal fan base.
Even though Andy McKee cites metal and progressive rock bands and his main influences, his songs sound far removed from those two music genres. After hearing his virtuostic acoustic guitar finger plucking style it becomes immediately apparent why McKee is a follower of instrumentally intense music: he's a intense instrumentalist too. Since his 2001 debut studio album Nocturne, he has been offering an intricate, delicate approach to playing the guitar that is calming, soft edged and easy to absorb, but backed by a fiery passion for the art of playing guitar.