Glide Magazine: LOST SIERRA HOEDOWN 2019: THE BEST EXPERIENCES CAN’T EVER BE FULLY ARTICULATED (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Glide Magazine: LOST SIERRA HOEDOWN 2019: THE BEST EXPERIENCES CAN’T EVER BE FULLY ARTICULATED (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

At this point Lost Sierra Hoedown is far more than a music gathering, it is a four-day tornado of mountains, music, fellowship with friends that have become family, and reaffirmation. There was something different this year, there was a deeper sense of connection in that ephemeral community that nearly everyone felt. This seventh year, held September 19 – 22 at the Johnsville Ski Bowl in Johnsville, CA, there was a sense of permanence now that maybe just has not been felt before. Perhaps it was that or just the consistently met expectations we experience year in and year out and know that they will be fulfilled beyond capacity before the weekend even starts. Whatever it was, it resonated.

Grateful Web: SAN FRANCISCO MUSICIANS UNITE TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS CRISIS WITH NEW ALBUM

Grateful Web: SAN FRANCISCO MUSICIANS UNITE TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS CRISIS WITH NEW ALBUM

Joining the fight to help San Francisco's homelessness crisis are many of the city's foremost musicians banding together for the recording of a singular benefit album, Blanket The Homeless. The full-length studio album features 15 original songs (all of which have yet to be officially released by the artists; except Fantastic Negrito's "Working Poor") recorded by lauded Marin-based producer/songwriter Scott Mickelson. Blanket The Homeless includes new tracks by two-time GRAMMY Award-winning Fantastic Negrito; The Stone Foxes; Tim Bluhm (of The Mother Hips); Con Brio; Goodnight, Texas; The Brothers Comatose; Mickelson; Rainbow Girls; John Craigie; Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra; King Dream; The Coffis Brothers; Tobias The Owl; Ken Newman; and Whiskerman

New Times: Babylon and beyond: Reggae, roots rock, country, and more are coming to a stage near you

New Times: Babylon and beyond: Reggae, roots rock, country, and more are coming to a stage near you

Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm plays the Presqu'ile Winery in Santa Maria on Tuesday, Sept. 10 (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $17.50 presale at Boo Boo's and ticketfly.com or $20 at the door). As the primary guitarist and singer for The Mother Hips, Bluhm's been rocking rootsy tunes on Central Coast stages for a while now.

Bay Area musicians join forces for charity album ‘Blanket The Homeless’

A group of Bay Area artists, including Grammy-Award-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito, rockers the Stone Foxes, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips and Americana band Rainbow Girls have contributed songs to a new charity album that will benefit the homeless in San Francisco.

The album, called Blanket the Homeless, will benefit the San Francisco organization of the same that that formed following the passing of Robin Williams. Proceeds from sales will be filtered directly to the homeless in the city in the form of blankets, clothes, hygiene products and information about the services available to them.

The album was produced by Marin musician Scott Mickelson, who personally recruited the artists and also contributed a song to the project. The Stone Foxes’ Shannon and Spence Koehler had never worked with Mickelson before signing up.

“There was a feeling of calm knowing that if we threw ourselves in, something good would come of it,” Shannon Koehler said. “That’s the power of a project with a big heart like this. … Hopefully the songs and the project serve as a reminder to let empathy sink in. We need to care about people … who deserve to have those needs met with dignity and respect. A little more empathy from people in power and people like you and me goes a long way.”

The album, which will be released Nov. 8, is comprised of 15 songs—all of them originals other than Fantastic Negrito’s “Working Poor,” which was on his 2016 album, The Last Days of Oakland.

“I chose the track [for the project] because at the rate we are going, we are all just a step from being homeless,” said Fantastic Negrito, whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, by email from the U.K. “I hope it continues to remind people that we all play a role in helping to address the homeless crisis.”

Other artists include soul group Con Brio, rockers Goodnight, Texas; The Brothers Comatose, John Craigie, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, King Dream, The Coffis Brothers, Whiskerman and Ken Newman.

Newman is also the cofounder of Blanket The Homeless, which he helped start in 2016, two years after the passing of Robin Williams. Caring for the homeless in San Francisco was an important cause for the comedy icon. The organization began as an outreach campaign in 2014 with Newman and comedian Margaret Cho raising money for those in need in Williams’ name. Over the past three years, the organization has distributed more than 3,500 blankets, as well as food and other supplies, to local homeless communities.

Michelson also produced 2017’s After The Fire: Vol. 1, a charity album that raised thousands of dollars for organizations working with people affected by the massive North Bay firestorm that year.

In addition to the album, some of the musicians will take part in a benefit concert for the organization on Nov. 7 at the Independent in San Francisco. Ticket onsales will be announced soon. See the track listing below.

1. The Stones Foxes – “Million Dollar Shoes”

2. Tim Bluhm – “Clean Me Up”

3. Fantastic Negrito – “Working Poor”

4. Mickelson – “Odd Man Out”

5. Goodnight, Texas – “Someday, Somehow”

6. John Craigie – “Your Sailor”

7. The Brothers Comatose – “Angeline”

8. King Dream – “Many Moons Ago”

9. Whiskerman – “U.S.M.E.” (United States of Mother Earth)

10. Tobias The Owl – “Out Of Place”

11. Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra – “Mad Tom of Bedlam”

12. Rainbow Girls – “American Dream”

13. The Coffis Brothers – “I Ain’t Living In Your World”

14. Ken Newman – “We Should Do This Again”

15. Con Brio – “Body Language” (Live in Amsterdam)

Talkhouse: Tim Bluhm Confronts His Fears - The Mother Hips frontman on speedflying through a midlife crisis.

Talkhouse: Tim Bluhm Confronts His Fears - The Mother Hips frontman on speedflying through a midlife crisis.

I stood at the top and breathed deeply in and out for a long time, kicking my toe into the dust, repeatedly looking back to make sure everything was right. The air blew lightly up into my face, a sea breeze warmed by miles of flood plain and desert that now gently lifted as it met the mountain.

Grateful Web: PETALUMA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

Grateful Web: PETALUMA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

The Mother Hips, who performed in the 3:30 p.m. slot, before the David Nelson Band, were established back in 1991 in dorms and small clubs in Chico, California, in which Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono attended college. Twenty-eight years later, with Bluhm and Loiacono still at the helm, the five-piece offered a dynamic set of “California soul” delivered with clever lyrics highlighted by tight vocal harmonies and plenty of extended jams.

LMN&R: Tim Bluhm Releases New Single and Tour Dates

LMN&R: Tim Bluhm Releases New Single and Tour Dates

The songs are character-driven, valuing the visceral over the cerebral, and Bluhm inhabits his narrators with a voice as tough and as pliable as worn-in leather. “It just felt natural for me to sing this way,” he explains. “It was a chance to put away the books and focus more on the everyday rather than the existential, a chance to pull out the guitar and really tell some stories.”

The Alternate Root: ​Top 50 Albums J2J 2019

The Alternate Root: ​Top 50 Albums J2J 2019

For our yearly list, both the halfway So Far (50) and our End of the Year (100) consistently have one thing in common, both of the lists could have exceeded their numerical border. In the Roots music community, artists are looking at the successful outputs of others as inspiration rather than a competitive challenge. The range of music and players stretches from The Americas and follows a line around the globe for American Roots and Americana music.

The Entertainment Magazine: 6th Annual Blue Rose Music Benefit

The Entertainment Magazine: 6th Annual Blue Rose Music Benefit

Blue Rose Music is proud to announce that The McCrary Sisters and The Mother Hips (Tim Bluhm & Greg Loiacono) have been added to the lineup for the 6th annual Blue Rose Benefit. Taking place on June 8th at San Francisco’s legendary venue, The Fillmore, the Blue Rose Benefit will once again raise money for the Blue Rose Foundation with 100% of ticket sales going towards funding pre-school scholarships for financially disadvantaged children in the Bay Area.

Broadway World: The McCrary Sisters And The Mother Hips Added To 6th Annual Blue Rose Music Benefit

Broadway World: The McCrary Sisters And The Mother Hips Added To 6th Annual Blue Rose Music Benefit


Blue Rose Music
 is proud to announce that The McCrary Sisters and The Mother Hips (Tim Bluhm & Greg Loiacono) have been added to the lineup for the 6th annual Blue Rose Benefit. Taking place on June 8th at San Francisco's legendary venue, The Fillmore, the Blue Rose Benefit will once again raise money for the Blue Rose Foundation with 100% of ticket sales going towards funding pre-school scholarships for financially disadvantaged children in the Bay Area.

Grateful Web: THE MCCRARY SISTERS AND THE MOTHER HIPS ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 6TH ANNUAL BLUE ROSE MUSIC BENEFIT

Grateful Web: THE MCCRARY SISTERS AND THE MOTHER HIPS ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 6TH ANNUAL BLUE ROSE MUSIC BENEFIT

Blue Rose Music is proud to announce that The McCrary Sisters and The Mother Hips (Tim Bluhm & Greg Loiacono) have been added to the lineup for the 6th annual Blue Rose Benefit. Taking place on June 8th at San Francisco’s legendary venue, The Fillmore, the Blue Rose Benefit will once again raise money for the Blue Rose Foundation with 100% of ticket sales going towards funding pre-school scholarships for financially disadvantaged children in the Bay Area.

GLIDE MAGAZINE: TIM BLUHM MAKES IDEAL & PROMINENT BAKERSFIELD RECORD ‘SORTA SURVIVING’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

GLIDE MAGAZINE: TIM BLUHM MAKES IDEAL & PROMINENT BAKERSFIELD RECORD ‘SORTA SURVIVING’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Tim Bluhm’s fifth solo record, his first in ten years, Sorta Surviving, is the country record he’s always wanted to put out there. Most of his musical life has found Bluhm steeped in old country songs, particularly those that came out of the oil fields of Bakersfield, California back in the 1950’s and 60’s. He’s worked those songs into his band, The Mother Hips, sets and he was instrumental in forming the country band of ace Bay Area players, Brokedown In Bakersfield, that revived many of the old songs and brought them to a hungry audience that hung on every note every night. But this latest record is his true homage to those great tunes and his self-penned songs are worthy of taking a prominent place among the greats of the genre.

JamBase: Remembering Merle Haggard - Covering The Outlaw Country Legend Spotify Playlist

JamBase: Remembering Merle Haggard - Covering The Outlaw Country Legend Spotify Playlist

This edition of Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist made up of many of those covers of Haggard’s classic songs. The set features musicians both within and outside the realm of country music and recordings from across the past 50 years. Tim Bluhm and Emmylou Harris can be heard offering their takes on one of Merle’s final songs, “Kern River.”

TWANGVILLE: TIM BLUHM – SORTA SURVIVING

TWANGVILLE: TIM BLUHM – SORTA SURVIVING

There’s nothing like going to the source of your inspiration to really understand its intricacies. Californian Tim Bluhm, of The Mother Hips, did just that when he decided to do a country music album. Sorta Surviving was recorded at Johnny Cash’s cabin-cum-studio, and features A-list players like Jesse Aycock on guitar and Elizabeth Cook on background vocals. The result is a record a lot of people in Nashville just wish they could do.