May 24, 2012
It took singing just one cover song, performed sporadically at a New Year’s Eve party among friends and fellow musicians, for Nicki Bluhm to kick start her now burgeoning career. The number impressed Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm so much that he not only encouraged her to write more and get in front of crowds, but he also helped record and produce her first album, 2008′s Toby’s Song. The two married later that year and began performing together throughout California and the West Coast with various line-ups, before Nicki finalized the current band known today as Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers.
The Gramblers have blown up recently, thanks in part to a video of them covering Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” for an episode of their Van Sessions series. It’s reached over 1.2 million views on YouTube and turned unaware fans into supporters of their original material (including 2011′s Driftwood), as they are now selling out shows while in the midst of a massive tour.
December 12, 2011
Husband-and-wife duo Tim and Nicki Bluhm recently released Duets, an 8-track folk album recorded at their own local studio. Alone, Tim and Nicki have their own musical track records: Tim Bluhm as co-founder of the Mother Hips, and Nicki Bluhm of her own Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Together, the duo create twangy folk with lush harmonies, as evidenced in “Unforgetaboutable”.
Duets can be purchased from various digital outlets; see the Tim and Nicki Bluhm website for more information.