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.
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
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.