NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS – Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Album: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Artist: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Label: Little Sur

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Nicki Bluhm

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 BY: MICHAEL VERITY

 

 Anyone who’s seen Nicki Bluhm perform live knows she’s the real deal. She has the sex appeal of 70s-era Linda Ronstadt, the charm of Loretta Lynn, the charisma of Roseanne Cash, the sass of Bonnie Raitt and the singing chops to match them all. Her new self-titled album with her band, The Gramblers, proves she can bring the goods in the studio, as well.

 

“It’s not how you swim, it’s how you hold your breath,” she sings on “It’s Too late,” a sultry bit of country funk that opens the record. “Hey Stranger” evokes thoughts of the aforementioned Ms. Ronstadt a la Stone Poneys while the brushes-and-bass two-step of “Till I’m Blue” begs to be included on your next road trip mixtape, right between the Burritos and Brook Benton. Husband and producer Tim Bluhm’s sneaky electric piano and Grambler guitarist Darren Ney’s smoking solo on “Ravenous” transcend the song’s Fleetwood Mac pedigree and launch it into a new dimension. “There I was in Arizona, playing stud, with a dead man’s hand” she sings in “Deep Water,” a second dose of funky Southern California country rock that’s too sexy for your CD player.

 

Whether you’re an old guy who remembers your crush on Cub Scout Linda or a new kid who just digs the groove, you’ll not be disappointed. One of the most fun and best played country rock records of the year.

 

 

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