Nicki Bluhm

Colorado Springs Independent

Nicki Bluhm proves isolated recording can yield harmonious results

East Bay, California, singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm has released both solo albums and ensemble efforts with her band, The Gramblers, since the early 2000s. Her new album Avondale Drive (Little Knickers/Compass Records) clicks with near-perfection — slide guitars in opening track “Learn to Love Myself,” doo-wop backing vocals in “Love to Spare.” That makes the liner note about musicians recording in isolation during COVID all the more surprising. Distributed recording often has the feel of “phoning it in,” but this recording session is organic and finely arranged.
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Wednesday: Nicki Bluhm – Avondale Drive

Nicki has collaborated with Oliver Wood, Karl Denson, Erin Rae, A.J. Croce and others on this self-reflective album about building back trust in one’s self, rather than being just some vessel for the expectations of others. “Writing songs is often a way for me to talk myself down when my ruminating mind won’t stop”, Bluhm says. “I have to remind myself that it’s important to sit with hard feelings, to know what I’m in control of and more importantly of what I’m not. To learn how to be comfortable within the discomfort.”
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LISTEN: Nicki Bluhm, “Love to Spare” (Feat. A.J. Croce)

Song: “Love to Spare” (feat. A.J. Croce) In Their Words: “I was writing with my dear friend A.J. Croce back when we were both newly single for the first time in many, many years. Me a divorcee and A.J. a widower; we were both navigating the idea of middle-aged dating. I was feeling defeated with no solid contenders and was lamenting to him about how hard it was to meet people. On the contrary, A.J. had no problem meeting people, but feared he might lead women on by not being emotionally available and ready to commit. I reassured him that dating (at least I had been told) was all about trying people on and having fun without the need to commit. We came up with the line ‘I’ve got love to share but none to spare’ out of that idea… sharing love but not giving it away. A.J. joined us in the studio to record vocals and we got a really fun take. He’s an amazing artist and musician. Grateful to have him as a friend and collaborator.” — Nicki Bluhm.

Nicki Bluhm

California native Nicki Bluhm currently resides in Nashville, TN re-invigorated as a songwriter and performer. Embarking on her second decade of releasing albums, Nicki stepped out on her own with the 2018 release of 'To Rise You Gotta Fall,' a collection of songs exploring old endings and new beginnings. Eager to try new things in unfamiliar places, Bluhm decided to record at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Services in Memphis, TN and enlisted producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Calexico) to take the helm. After a year of virtual performing, Nicki is excited to return to the road playing live shows as a solo artist, with her Nashville band and with a variety of musicians and longtime friends in new and creative iterations. Having also shared the stage with such luminaries as the Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, Geroge Porter Jr. and Phil Lesh, her collaborative efforts have made way for new bright-eyed interpretations of her existing catalog while inspiring fresh material to be released in the near future.

Exclusive Video Premiere from Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps: “Rose-Colored Glasses” (Feat. James Pennebaker and Nicki Bluhm)

“Rose colored glasses; I prefer that lens. Makes the world feel better than it did back when…”. The opening lyrics of the title track of the new opus from Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Rose-Colored Glasses, Vol. 1, out today via Blue Heart Records, captures the spirit of love, perseverance, strength, and joy that inhabits the Los Angeles-based group’s 12th album.

Phil Lesh & Friends Reveal Nashville Lineup: Members of Dawes, Nicki Bluhm and Grahame Lesh

Ahead of his Brooklyn Bowl Nashville debut, Phil Lesh has revealed the Phil & Friends lineup for the July 29-31 run. To start, the band will be bolstered by Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith, Lee Pardini and Trevor Menear of Dawes – Over time, Phil and Dawes have fostered a deep collaborative energy, jamming together at Terrapin Crossroads and originally planning a collaborative set at the scrapped LOCKN’ 2020.