Hot Pickin 57s

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Hot Pickin 57s is an accomplished 4- piece band playing Americana, bluegrass, classic country,  old time Rock n' Roll, Texas roots and Western Swing. We're out of Austin, but playing all over Texas. 

Our instrumentation is acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and upright bass, along with lead and harmony vocals.

Eddie Collins is a long-time staple of the Austin music scene, having performed with many of the area’s top acoustic groups. He has nine solo CDs, which include many original tunes that can be heard on over twenty-five commercially released recordings.   Eddie is one of the foremost instructors in acoustic music for mandolin, flatpick guitar and 5-string banjo. He has authored more than 30 books and DVD courses. He writes features for numerous music publications, and conducts instructional workshops throughout the U.S., and has been a disc jockey for local bluegrass radio programs.

Michael Montgomery started classical violin training at age 10, but grew up immersed in recordings of Old Timey and Bluegrass music, and began fiddling almost immediately. Mike has played with Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, Alan Munde, Billy Bright, Eddie Collins, and now Hot Pickin 57s.

Max Zimmet is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with majors in guitar and mandolin performance. He started at 8 on classical guitar, but got hooked on Bluegrass a couple years later after seeing Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits. He's been playing in venues in Central Texas and beyond since his early teens. Max has played on stage with Mark Cosgrove (David Bromberg band), Bebbe Gambetta, Sierra Hull, Howard Kalish (Texas Swing Music Hall of Fame), Jon Kemppainen (Squirrel Nut Zippers), among others.

Vance Hazen has played bass around the world with a bunch of bands, including Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rosie and the Ramblers, Dime Store Poets and Hot Pickin 57s.

Hot Pickin 57s


Please note — Band song lists are continuously evolving.  
To request the most recent song list for Hot Pickin 57s, please contact us!

Originals- denoted by *

Fiddle Tunes/Banjo Instrumentals

Angeline The Baker
Back in the Day*
Beaumont Rag
Big Sandy
Bill Cheatham
Billy in the Lowground
Black Mountain Rag Blackberry Blossom
Bluegrass Stomp
Brown County Barn
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Fisher’s Hornpipe
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Forked Deer
Gold Rush
Ragtime Annie
Remington's Ride
Road to Columbus
St. Anne's Reel
Sally Goodin
Salt Creek
Shenandoah Valley Breakdown
Sledd Ridin'
Soldier’s Joy
Snug and Clyde*
Tom and Jerry
Turkey in The Straw
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Wildwood Flower

Classic Bluegrass

Ballad of Jed Clampett
Banks of The Ohio
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Circle Be Unbroken
Deep River Blues
Gone, Gone, Gone
Gravel Yard
I’m On My Way to the Old Home
Lonesome Road Blues
Long Journey Home
Make Me A Pallet
Mama Don't Allow
Mighty Dark to Travel
Mountain Dew
New River Train
Nine Pound Hammer
Old Home Place
On My Mind
Orange Blossom Special
Rabbit in the Log
Reuben's Train
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Salty Dog Blues
Sitting On Top Of The World
Sleep with One Eye Open
Think Of What You've Done
Two Dollar Bill
Used to Be To You
Wabash Cannonball
Worried Man Blues
You Don't Know My Mind
Your Love Is Like A Flower

Classic Country

Act Naturally
Amarillo By Morning
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Crazy Arms
Folsom Prison Blues
From a Jack to a King
Good Hearted Woman
Hey Good Lookin'
I Can't Stop Loving You
Long Black Veil
Mama Tried
Mind Your Own Business
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Oh Lonesome Me
Okie From Muskogee
Peach Picking Time in Georgia
Ramblin Fever
Silver Wings
Sing Me Back Home
Six Days On the Road
Swinging Doors
Truck Driving Man
Waiting For A Train
Walking the Floor Over You
White Lightning
Wild Side Of Life
Your Cheating Heart

Oldies Rock n Roll

All I Have To Do Is Dream
Bluegrass Sorta Guy*
Bring It On Home To Me
Honky Tonk
House Of The Rising Sun
Midnight Special
Poc Salad Annie
Singing the Blues
Stand By Me Travelin' Man
Wine, Wine, Wine
You Send Me


All The Good Times Are Past and Gone
Ashokan Farewell
Hickory Wind
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
In the Pines
Kentucky Waltz
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
Lonesome Tumbleweed Waltz*
Sitting Alone in The Moonlight
Tennessee Waltz
Waltz Across Texas

Western Swing

Faded Love
Panhandle Rag
Raised On Texas Music*
San Antonio Rose
Steel Guitar Rag
ake Me Back To Tulsa


All Of Me
Foggy Mountain Special
Lady Be Good
Minor Swing
Route 66
Sweet Georgia Brown


A Whole Lot Of Nothing*
Back Home Again
Black Magic Woman
Blue Bayou
Country Roads
I Know You Rider
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
If I Needed You
Me and Bobby McGee
Memphis Stumble* Paradise
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Ramblin Man
Take It Easy
You Ain't Goin Nowhere
You Are My Sunshine


Amazing Grace Do Lord
I Am A Pilgrim I’ll Fly Away
I Saw The Light
Somebody Touched Me
This Little Light Of Mine
Wayfaring Stranger
When The Saints Go Marching In