Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nicki Bluhm: To Rise You Gotta Fall album & tour

San Francisco's own, renowned singer/song writer Nicki Bluhm is getting ready to hit the road in support of her upcoming new album, To Rise You Gotta Fall. 

To Rise You Gotta Fall album cover art 

After finding success over the last six years with The Gramblers and some high-profile collaborations with Phish and Ryan Adams along the way, the Bay Area native wrote and recorded the life-chronicling songs for the new album over a two year period. In that two year period she went through a divorce and subsequently moved to Nashville Tennessee. Not surprisingly, the results are "quite personal," says Bluhm, a fact you can hear throughout the emotionally charged Alt-Country album. 

Her in-studio band includes Will Sexton and Matt Ross-Spang on guitars, Ken Coomer on drums and percussion, organ player Al Gamble, Rick Steff on piano and Dave Smith on bass with back-up singers Reba Russell and Susan Marshall, Sam Shoup doing the  string arrangements and various other special guests. They all headed to Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis and recorded  To Rise You Gotta Fall live

Nicki Bluhm
photo by Noah Abrams
The outcome is a sweet, heartfelt, heartbroken story. It's rich with melodies and harmonizing. Nicki's smooth voice washes cooly over colorful layers of instrumentation. Her country, folk roots shine on all eleven tracks: some being more upbeat like the title track "To Rise You Gotta Fall" and others more heart wrenching  like the closing track "Last To Know".   

Nicki Bluhm at Stern Grove Festival 7/2/2017
photo by Nikki DeMartini

Starting tomorrow, Nicki Bluhm is ready to share more. Her 22 stop tour kicks off at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, the day before the release of  To Rise You Gotta Fall.  Pre-order the album before then here

The heartbroken songbird returns to San Francisco for her show at The Independent on Friday June 8th. For the full list of show dates, click here. 

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