I was first introduced to Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers a couple of years ago through their song “Ravenous”, which is somewhat of an outlier of a song for the band. “Ravenous” has this whole Fleetwood Mac vibe going, with guitar solos that rip at the end and Nicki Bluhm channeling Stevie Nicks. It’s a great song, and offers a different vibe than most of the other songs that have more of this West Coast Americana vibe.
The new album Loved Wild Lost is a more reflective album lyrically having spent most of 2012 and 2013 on the road where it’s easy for time to really fly by and you realize you’re in a different place in life. Bluhm offers a glimpse of that in many ways, each time via a melody that buries itself in your psyche. The new album especially drips with late 60’s and 70’s influences, like when The Byrds found country music, but with less of that nasilly hokey country vibe. Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers borrow some of the more tasteful tones like the singing of a steel guitar and not the squealing, a style that’s found its niche over the years in the Bay area which the band calls home.
Charleston Pour House 13th Anniversary Weekend
Friday, September 04, 2015
NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS w/ THE CONGRESS