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About Nicki Bluhm
Whether solo or with her band the Gramblers, San Francisco-based vocalist Nicki Bluhm has built a career making country, R&B, and blues-soaked rock music. After years of writing and performing under the radar, Bluhm's career began in earnest when she met Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips, who became her spouse, produced a pair of solo albums with her, and co-founded the band the Gramblers, with Nicki on lead vocals. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers (2012) and Loved Wild Lost (2015) broke the band to a larger audience, but when Nicki and Tim broke up, she went solo with 2018's deeply personal To Rise You Gotta Fall.
Born on September 22, 1979 in Lafayette, a community in Northern California, Nicki Bluhm began singing as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while attending college in San Diego, she began playing guitar. Nicki was backstage at a concert by the band the Mother Hips when she met Tim Bluhm, the group's guitarist. The two hit it off both musically and personally; Tim married Nicki and produced her first two solo efforts, 2008's Toby's Song and 2011's Driftwood. The couple also recorded a duo project, 2011's Duets.
In 2006, while putting together a live ensemble to promote Toby's Song, Bluhm formed the Gramblers with various Bay Area musicians. In 2012, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers released their proper full-length, self-titled debut album, featuring the single "Little Too Late." In 2015, Nicki & the Gramblers returned with their second album, a polished set of rock-influenced country titled Loved Wild Lost, released through Tim's Little Sur Records label.
In November 2015, the Gramblers released a statement that revealed Tim and Nicki Bluhm had ended their personal and professional relationships. Now on her own, Bluhm started playing out as a solo act, sharing stages with the Infamous Stringdusters and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Bluhm moved to Nashville in 2017 and recruited Matt Ross-Spang to produce her next solo project, 2018's To Rise You Gotta Fall, her first album for Compass Records. Featuring several songs informed by her divorce, To Rise You Gotta Fall was recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording, and featured two songs Bluhm wrote in collaboration with Ryan Adams. ~ Matt Collar & Mark Deming
- Lafayette, CA
- Sep 22, 1979
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