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Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers........heading to Nashville
April 7 2012 at 9:30 PM
Paul (no login)
Well one of the things you get from this web site based in Nashville, Tennessee, is a bit of music now and then and this is one great band that is up and coming, soon to rock the charts bigtime. They are presently playing clubs and rather small venues in California at this time, but mark my words, this group will go very big very soon. Tim Bluhm was born too late to be a member of the Grateful Dead, but he would have fit in just fine,
A tip of the hat to John Kloka for the awareness that lead to a little leak of info, that Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers will be in Nashville in September. These guys will take Nashville (and the USA) by storm. Their material is getting out slowly, mostly via their own amateur videos shot with an iPhone in a van that they are driving around while singing. Pretty clever because it is essentially free publicity.
Amazed to read this since I was just watching their van videos last week which led to others including Nicki doing an incredible performance of Emmy Lou Harris', Luxury Liner. They are going places in more ways than one. Nashville isn't far from Atlanta...
Well it takes all kinds, you know how some people, no names need be mentioned, would get up on stage and do all that jumping around, gymnastics, pyrotechnics, and then sing (poorly), and then you see someone like Mark Knopfler just walk up flat footed and blow everyone away with raw talent and no showmanship.
These guys are not necessarily raw talent, but they are simple, good, clean, and very refreshing. By the way, I do appreciate the note you posted about these folks awhile back, it lead me to a direct connection and a firm appearance date here in Nashville, so I'll be able to hopefully see them in person.
They are bound to start raking in the cash, and I wish them all the best.
Well you guys know what wise investments I make in boats, motors, marine equipment, and all, and also by the fact that I have managed to save at least one cent out of every dollar I ever made. So now comes my investment portfolio for the future, trading in music talent right from Nashvegas Tennessee. If I could, I would put money down that Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers are going to skyrocket into the stratosphere of fame and fortune. I just hope that when they do they are able to keep their feet on the ground and stay the way they are now!
I understand today that they are headed for Tennessee, I hope Nashville is on the circuit, and I will be first in line if someone just sends me a nice private note, hint hint.
FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Album review: Nicki Bluhm, 'Driftwood'
Now that Nicki Bluhm has become a minor Internet celebrity thanks to her band's van sessions, in which they perform spot-on covers of '80s pop hits by Hall and Oates and Whitney Houston while driving across country, what better time to reintroduce her sweet-sounding sophomore album, "Driftwood"? Originally released in digital form last year, the record gets a physical release this week, and fans of sun-speckled '70s-style Americana will certainly want to take notice. With a little help from husband Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips, the San Francisco singer-songwriter channels influences such as Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt in easygoing tunes such as "Jetplane," the twangy duet "Stick With Me" and the B-3 driven "Kill You to Call." She sounds just as good in the studio as she does behind the wheel.
Paul she will be in Nashville on Sept 13th at the High Watt and again in Memphis at the Hi-Tone on Oct 14th.
For the Ohio and MI people Columbus (Woodlands Tavern)on Oct 8th and Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)on Oct 9th Ann Arbor (Blind Pig) Oct 10th and Kalamazoo (Bell's Brewery) on Oct 11th.
Funny, our messages passed one another somewhere between Tennessee and Ohio in satellite territory somewhere, at the same time. I just sent you a note about the same thing. In any case, thank you kindly, maybe you want to schedule a trip to Nashville then? I have a cigar tasting and dinner scheduled for the same night, might be able to do both actually. I am dead set on getting tickets, just hung up the phone with the venue and they are not on sale yet, so I will be bird dogging that one evey day. The place is only a few blocks from where I work, would not want to do it at night however. It is a standing only venue, the place will be rocking.