Tim Bluhm (from the album Tim Bluhm available on Sorta Surviving available on Blue Rose Music)
Tim Bluhm is Sorta Survivingon his recent solo release, the frontman of California Country’s The Mother Hips backing his songs with a four-piece country rock’n’roll band, keeping his stories set in the not-so-old west when he relates the tale of “Del Rio Dan” and his business of ‘backpacking kilos across the Rio Grande’. Honky Tonk prayers are uttered in 4/4 time for “Jesus Save a Singer” as Sorta Survivingmakes a playground legend of “Jimmy West” and scraps by on the sweet sound of a country band in the title track as Tim Bluhm tributes the songman that formed the musical model for the release with Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone”.
Produced by Widespread Panic/Hard Working Americans Dave Schools, Tim Bluhm welcomes guests in the studio to record Sorta Survivingwhen he is joined by Elizabeth Cook (vocals) and Jesse Aycock (guitar, vocals) among others. In its formative years, Country music was not about urban cowboy Pop and told tales of the women and men outside city limits. Tim Bluhm mirrors the same songwriting method as he returns to another time, and the origins of Country music, when his stories reflect rural lives as “Raining Gravel” comes down in the Dustbowl era. The band picks up the pace for a Country Folk hootenanny heading down Highway 99 on “Squeaky Wheel”, drops quarters in the jukebox as the meter reads time’s up in “Where I Parked My Mind”, and finds a California Country rhythm to take Tim Bluhm into the flow of “Kern River” in his version of the Merle Haggard tune.
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