Hot String Swing Records is an independent record label and distributor based in Madison, WI, owned by professional musician and music entrepreneur Christo Ruppenthal. Since 2003, we have been committed to making unique, professional recordings of modern-day musicians that draw inspiration from vintage genre sources. 

Whether it is through the traditional avenues of press and radio or viral marketing strategies and music websites, Hot String Swing is focused on releasing and marketing music on a global basis and offer all our artists and projects the world-class visibility they need to compete in today's environment.  We have charted releases in the top 20 in both the CMJ Jazz Charts, and Roots Music Reports and had a placement in the official Spotify "Hot Club Swing" genre playlist. Our releases have been distributed world wide! 

We are dedicated to continually refining our techniques for making great independent vintage acoustic music and getting it to the people that will love it.

Antique Aloha 2: That Hula Jazz

Christo Ruppenthal

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Antique Aloha 2: That Hula Jazz further explores 1910s, 20s, and 30s Hawaiian, Jazz, Novelty, and pre-Country steel guitar repertoire sourced from some of my favorite 78 RPM records. NOTE: The Special Edition CD features two additional Christo's Novelty Combo bonus tracks not available with the digital release!

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Concerts On The Creek - 2022

Christo's Novelty Combo

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Christo's Novelty Combo was invited to perform as a part of the 2022 "Concerts On The Creek" concert series in Rockford, Illinois. We're offering a recording of the performance, and you can pay what you want for the music. Any level of support is most appreciated!

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Café Allongé

Christo Ruppenthal

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Café Allongé consists entirely of my original music! Some songs are re-interpretations from my various bands' repertoires, which you may recognize. However, a healthy amount of the songs are brand new and presented here for the very first time. I played every note that you'll hear on the album on a wide range of stringed instruments.

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Antique Aloha

Christo Ruppenthal

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Antique Aloha is the first in a series of recordings inspired by some of my favorite Hawaiian 78 RPM records from the Golden Age of Hawaiian Music. I play all the instruments including steel guitar, ukuleles, guitar, and baritone guitar.

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Corona Brothers

Corona Brothers

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We formed a new band, recorded a few tunes, and managed to do it without ever meeting up in person to work on it together... Must be Corona time!

David Heuring (Vocals, Acoustic and Solid Body Electric Guitar) - Mark Roeder (Fiddle and Steel Guitar) - Christo Ruppenthal (Archtop Electric Guitar) - Mark Hembree (Doghouse Bass) - Ken Koeppler

We formed a new band, recorded a few tunes, and managed to do it without ever meeting up in person to work on it together... Must be Corona time!

David Heuring (Vocals, Acoustic and Solid Body Electric Guitar) - Mark Roeder (Fiddle and Steel Guitar) - Christo Ruppenthal (Archtop Electric Guitar) - Mark Hembree (Doghouse Bass) - Ken Koeppler (Drums)

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Caravan

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Latcho Drom is a collection of two originals and one cover song from Madison, WI based Django Reinhardt inspired Gypsy Jazz band Caravan.

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The North Westerns

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The North Westerns play jazzed up arrangements of Hank Williams and Bob Wills along with other classics from the Swing era!

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"Au nouveau Chat Noir" is a selection of French Chanson, Hot Hawaiian, and Jazz perfectly suited for classic cabarets and night clubs.

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Maui Chimes

Side Street Steppers

I played some Hawaiian Steel Guitar with Memphis, TN based band the Side Street Steppers on "Maui Chimes" from their fourth release "Fourth Street Mess Around!"

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