Hot Mustard may well be a bluegrass first - a quartet featuring two banjos and two married couples! When guitarist/lifelong bluegrass singer April Hobart teamed up with singer/banjo picker Bill Jubett, a truly classic-sounding duet was born. On 8/13/2011, April became April Jubett! Add banjoist/singer Bruce Stockwell, a 40-year bluegrass veteran and Merlefest banjo contest winner, along with his wife, bassist Kelly Stockwell, and you've got some hot and spicy bluegrass chemistry.
Hot Mustard began as a NH Arts Grant between Bruce Stockwell and Bill Jubett. Bruce and Bill put together a number of double-banjo arrangements over the course of the grant and decided to take their show on the road. Adding to the band are their sweethearts and long-time musical companions, April Jubett on guitar and vocals and Kelly Stockwell on double bass.
Bruce has taught banjo for years in Putney, VT, where he is often overheard telling musicians to "put the mustard to it" meaning to play the next tune with extra spice. Bill & April have been singing those high, lonesome harmonies together in local bluegrass bands and around the house for a few years. Singing trios with Bruce has kicked it up a notch! Bill plays fiddle as well as banjo, and he knows a pile of old-time fiddle tunes. Kelly lugs her bass all over New England and can be found thumping away at jams, picking parties and festivals and as the heartbeat of Hot Mustard.