|Born||September 20, 1946|
Austin, Texas, United States
|Died||March 20, 1999 52)(aged|
|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, guitarist, record producer|
|Labels||Flying Fish, Sugar Hill, Acoustic Disc|
|Associated acts||The Rambling Drifters, Monroe Doctrine, Hot Rize, Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, Charles Sawtelle and the Whippets|
A guitar player and vocalist, Sawtelle was one of the original members of Hot Rize. He also played the character Slade in the band's alter ego Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers).
Sawtelle was born in Austin, Texas, but he grew up in Colorado. Before Hot Rize, Sawtelle was a member of the bands the Rambling Drifters (along with Tim O'Brien and Pete Wernick) and Monroe Doctrine.
After the members of Hot Rize went their separate ways in 1990, Sawtelle formed the band Charles Sawtelle and the Whippets, including Fred Zipp (mandolin, vocals), Jim-Bob Runnels (banjo), and Dan Mitchell (string bass, vocals). Sawtelle also performed and recorded with Peter Rowan.
Sawtelle recorded his one solo album Music From Rancho deVille while he battled the leukemia that led to his death. His friend Laurie Lewis co-produced the album, and ensured its posthumous release. Besides Lewis, the album features Michael Doucet and Vassar Clements (fiddles), Todd Phillips (bass), Flaco Jiménez (accordion), Jerry Douglas and Norman Blake (guitars), David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Tom Rozum (mandolins), and, from Hot Rize, Nick Forster, Pete Wernick, and Tim O'Brien.
After Sawtelle's death, flatpicking guitarist Bryan Sutton joined Hot Rize for their return to performance, touring, and recording.
- 2001: Music From Rancho DeVille (Acoustic Disc)
As a member of Hot Rize
- 1979: Hot Rize (Flying Fish)
- 1981: Radio Boogie (Flying Fish)
- 1982: Hot Rize Presents Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers (Flying Fish)
- 1984: Hot Rize Extra Added Attraction: Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers in Concert (Flying Fish)
- 1985: Traditional Ties (Sugar Hill)
- 1987: Untold Stories (Sugar Hill)
- 1990: Take It Home (Sugar Hill)
- 2002: So Long Of A Journey (Live At The Boulder Theater) (Sugar Hill)
- 1992: Front Range - The New Frontier (Sugar Hill)
- 1993: Front Range - Back To Red River (Sugar Hill)
- 1993: Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers - Shades of the Past (Sugar Hill)
- 1994: Abhi Ktori - Feast of Magic (White Swan)
- 1994: Mary Flower - Blues Jubilee (Resounding)
- 1995: Kate MacLeod - Trying to Get It Right (Waterbug)
- 1996: The Bluegrass Patriots - E Pluribus Bluegrass (Red Feather) - reissued in 2008 with extra track
- 1997: Kate MacLeod - Constant Emotion (Waterbug)
- 1997: Leftover Salmon - Bridges To Bert (Bert)
- 1998: K. C. Groves - Can You Hear It (Goatscape)
- 1998: Mollie O'Brien - Big Red Sun (Sugar Hill)
- 1999: BeauSoleil - Cajunization (Rhino)
Also appears on
- 1977: Pete Wernick - Dr. Banjo Steps Out (Flying Fish) - guitar on track 6, "Gnu Breakdown"
- 1979: various artists - Tellulive (Flying Fish) - as part of Hot Rize on track 8, "High On A Mountain"
- 1984: Tim O'Brien - Hard Year Blues (Flying Fish) - guitar on track 6, "Cottontail"
- 1985: Peter Ostroushko with the Sluz Duz Orchestra - Slüz Düz Music (Original American Dance Tunes with an Old World Flavor) (Rounder) - guitar on track 5, "Burnt Bisquit Breakdown"
- 1991: Beppe Gambetta - -'Dialogs (Brambus) - guitar on track 11, "The Storms Are On The Ocean"
- 1991: Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick - Together (Kaleidoscope) - guitar
- 1992. Hugh Moffatt and Katy Moffatt - Dance Me Outside (Philo - guitar
- 1994: Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers - Tree On A Hill (Sugar Hill) - mixer
- 1996: Peter Rowan - Bluegrass Boy (Sugar Hill) - guitar
- 1996: John Rossbach - Never Was Plugged (Alcazar) - guitar, tenor vocal
- 1998: Tom Rozum - Jubilee (Dog-Boy) - guitar
- 1999: John Herrmann / Tim O'Brien / Dirk Powell - Songs from the Mountain (Sugar Hill) - guitar
- 2000: Si Kahn- Been a Long Time (Sliced Bread) - guitar
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- Hill, David (April 30, 2001). "Charles Sawtelle - Music From Rancho deVille". No Depression. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
- "Sawtelle Recording Studio". Swallow Hill Music. Retrieved June 11, 2017.