country/folk duo Tim & Nicki Bluhm release Duets.
The eight tracks on Duets blend the honky tonk harmonies
of California country with West Coast folk and acoustic Americana,
interlaced with vocal nuances and an emotional intimacy that inspire
pin-drop attention. Duets features six original songs
co-written by the Bluhms, plus two covers: “Running Wild” by Ray
Edenton and Donny Winters; and “Reno, Nevada” by Richard Fariña.
The couple recorded the songs at their San Francisco studio, Mission
Bells, with producer Dan Prothero (Tim’s solo album California
Way, Galactic, Papa Mali, JJ Grey & Mofro).
“Duets sounds like a smile,” says Nicki. “Duets is
a collection of songs from the past and of the present. Its simplicity
and authenticity captures an era forgotten while being fresh and
new. These are songs filled with love, character and charm that
you can hear on every track.”
Though Duets is a debut, this isn’t the first time that
music lovers have heard of Tim & Nicki Bluhm as a performing
duo. While most may know of Tim as the co-founder of The Mother
Hips, currently celebrating 20 years as a quintessential California
cult band, he also doubles as a Grambler -- as in Nicki Bluhm & The
Gramblers, that is. Duets arrives in the midst of a breakout
year for Nicki, whose remarkable second solo release, Driftwood,
was produced by Tim and includes tracks featuring lead vocals by
the couple. On the live music circuit, fans throughout the western
states have had their hearts captured by Tim & Nicki, who have
brought audiences to a hush at house concerts and rock clubs, gilded
music theaters and vast folk music festivals. Their success is
a testament to their special chemistry and to the singing and playing
strengths of two individuals in a riveting duet experience.
Duets was released on November
15, 2011 and is available here,
and at shows (The Mother Hips, Tim &
Nicki Bluhm, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers).