Latest Tim Bluhm Articles
The Mother Hips unveiled the “It’ll Be Gone” video and announced the fourth-ever “Ultimate Setlist Show.”
A long-standing tradition continues for The Mother Hips and fans this December.
Watch the video for “Raining Gravel,” a song on Tim Bluhm’s upcoming solo album.
The String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth and The Mother Hips are featured along with The Rundown on Episode 15 of The JamBase Podcast.
The Mother Hips performed “Third Floor Story” last December at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Watch the video for the single “End Of The Chorus” from the just-released new The Mother Hips album ‘Chorus.’
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About Tim Bluhm
Tim Bluhm has earned a reputation as the quintessential California musician. Born and raised in the Golden State, as the singer/guitarist and primary songwriter of rock band The Mother Hips, Bluhm has spent the last two decades performing, writing, collaborating on, and producing music.
California is a constant source of inspiration for Bluhm, and like the wildly diverse state, his influences are sprawling, beautiful and multifarious. Bluhm’s music, as an acclaimed solo artist as well as with the Hips, his duo project Skinny Singers with Jackie Greene, fronting The Rhythm Devils (featuring The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann), Ball-Point Birds (duo with Hips co-founder Greg Loiacono), and in his wife’s band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, is a timeless mix of classic rock, Americana, California country, folk, psychedelic blues, and power-pop. Though varied and ambitious, Bluhm never sounds disjointed, his work always tied together by impeccable songwriting.
Bluhm grew up listening to eight-track tapes of Leon Russell, Jim Croce, Anne Murray, and The Beach Boys. He got his first taste of singing in the church choir and it was Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere that inspired him to pick up a guitar. Captivated at an early age, Bluhm has always been connected to music’s spiritual capacity. “The transformative power of music is really the best part” he says, “and it’s why so many of us are obsessed with music.”
Although The Mother Hips were courted by major labels and signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings while still in college, they’ve yet to receive the riches of rock stardom. Instead Tim Bluhm settled into a prolific, slow-burning career adored by many yet virtually unknown in the mainstream. Along the way Bluhm has shared the stage with such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Wilco, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Cracker, John Hiatt, and Phil Lesh to name a few.
While The Mother Hips were constantly touring up and down California’s coast, Bluhm became infatuated with surfing. In 1997 he purchased a Toyota pick-up with a camper shell and began drifting from town to town, spending his days in the water and crashing in the truck. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches the Toyota wasn’t the most comfortable accommodations and was soon replaced by a legendary van that Bluhm called home until 2003.
2006 offered Bluhm, Bay Area musician Jackie Greene, and engineer Dave Simon-Baker the opportunity to open Mission Bells Studio where Bluhm has produced albums for the Hips, Jackie Greene, Hot Buttered Rum, Dave Brogan, Little Wings, and the studio has hosted Phil Lesh, Los Lobos, Rogue Wave, Jonathan Richman, Josh Ritter, and ALO.
In 2005 Bluhm teamed up with San Diego-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Poltz and combined his love of the outdoors with his passion for music with The High Sierra Singer/Songwriter Workshop. The unique four day backcountry experience offers attendees the opportunity to write songs and learn from two of California’s most renowned songwriters in one of the country’s most amazing locations.
Bluhm and his bandmates further blurred the lines between Mother Nature and music by launching The Mother Hips Family Hipnic in 2009. A two day festival set in gorgeous Big Sur, CA hosted by the Hips, “it’s everything I like about music festivals” says Bluhm; “great acts, pristine surroundings and no crowds.” 2010 was an even greater success and all signs point to an annual outing where fans will continue to flock.
When not touring the world in a rock band, producing albums, surfing, skiing, camping and hiking, Tim Bluhm lives with his wife Nicki in their San Francisco home.
The Mother Hips – Back to the Grotto (American) 1992
The Mother Hips – Part-Timer Goes Full (American) 1995
The Mother Hips – Shootout (American) 1996
The Mother Hips – Later Days (Mother Hips) 1998
Tim Bluhm – Land & Sea Chanteys (Hufa Records) 1999
The Mother Hips – Green Hills of Earth (Future Farmer) 2001
Ball-Point Birds Ball-Point Birds (Big Sur Poncen Recordings) 2002
The Sheets The Sheets EP (Little Sur/Pacealot) 2003
Tim Bluhm – The Soft Adventure EP / Colts (California Recordings) 2003
Tim Bluhm California Way (Fog City Records) 2005
The Mother Hips Red Tandy (Camera Records) 2005
Ball-Point Birds Two Discover (Little Sur Poncen Recordings) 2006
The Mother Hips Kiss The Crystal Flake (Camera Records) 2007
Skinny Singers – Skinny Singers Strike Again! (Skinny Singers Records) 2007
Tim Bluhm House of Bluhm (Big Sur Recordings) 2008
The Mother Hips Pacific Dust (Camera Records) 2009
The Outlaw Music Festival 2018 season closed last night at the Hollywood Bowl, where Phil Lesh welcomed Margo Price and then sat-in with Willie Nelson & Family.
Phish’s Hampton Coliseum finale as part of Fall Tour 2018 on Sunday featured a masterful setlist, “Simple” for the ages, second encore and more.
Phish played the second of three Fall Tour 2018 shows at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on Saturday night.
Perry Farrell joined Bob Weir & Wolf Bros for a Tom Petty cover and more at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Neil Young will release a new live album ‘Songs For Judy’ which was recorded in 1976 and features the single “Campaigner.”