Tim Bluhm

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Tim Bluhm
Tim Bluhm 2010.jpg
Bluhm in 2010
Background information
Born (1970-07-22) July 22, 1970 (age 48)
OriginTorrance, California
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, drums
Associated actsThe Mother Hips, Skinny Singers, The Rhythm Devils, Ball-Point Birds, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Tim Bluhm (born July 22, 1970) is an American songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the primary singer and guitarist for rock band The Mother Hips.[1][2] He is part of the duos the Skinny Singers with Jackie Greene and Ball-Point Birds with Greg Loiacono, and has been a member of The Rhythm Devils, Brokedown in Bakersfield, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. He has also performed and released solo material.


Tim grew up in Southern California and moved to Chico to attend college at the university there. He met the other three original members of the Mother Hips, Greg Loiacono, Isaac Parsons and Mike Wofchuck, in Bradley Hall. Tim and Greg formed a trio with Ali Weiss called Ali and the Cats that performed during 1990. At the start of 1991, the Mother Hips were formed and quickly became Chico's most popular band. They started touring and releasing albums. Tim moved away from Chico in 1996.

The Mother Hips took a hiatus in 2003-2004. During that time Tim played shows backed by the band Five Foot Tuesday. Together they were known as the Tim Bluhm Involvement.

In 2005, with San Diego-based singer-songwriter Steve Poltz, Bluhm founded The High Sierra Singer/Songwriter Workshop. The four-day backcountry experience offers attendees the opportunity to write songs and work with Poltz and Bluhm. In 2009, Bluhm's band the Mother Hips started the annual The Hipnic, a two-day music festival in Big Sur, California.

In 2006, Bluhm, Bay Area musician Jackie Greene, and engineer Dave Simon-Baker opened Mission Bells Studio where Bluhm has produced albums for The Mother Hips, Jackie Greene, Hot Buttered Rum, Dave Brogan, and Little Wings. The studio has hosted Phil Lesh, Los Lobos, Rogue Wave, Jonathan Richman, Josh Ritter, and ALO.

In 2007, Tim married Nicki and performed with her popular rock band, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, until Bluhm separated from Nicki in 2015. Shortly after Bluhm was severely injured in a speed flying accident.[3]

In 2017, after several surgeries and several battles with infections, Bluhm signed with Blue Rose Music from his hospital bed.[4]

In August 2018, he released the single "Raining Gravel", produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

The Mother Hips
  • Back to the Grotto (Mother Hips, 1993; American, 1995)
  • Part-Timer Goes Full (American, 1995)
  • Shootout (American, 1996)
  • Later Days (Mother Hips, 1998)
  • Green Hills of Earth (Future Farmer, 2001)
  • Red Tandy EP (Camera Records, 2005)
  • Kiss the Crystal Flake (Camera Records, 2007)
  • Pacific Dust (Camera Records, 2009)
  • Behind Beyond (Mother Hips Records, 2013)
  • Chronicle Man (2014)
  • Chorus (Blue Rose Music, 2018)
  • Land & Sea Chanteys (Hufa Records, 1999)
  • The Soft Adventure EP / Colts (California Recordings, 2003)
  • California Way (Fog City Records, 2005)
  • House of Bluhm (Big Sur Recordings, 2008)
  • Raining Gravel (Blue Rose Music, 2019)
Ball-Point Birds
  • Ball-Point Birds (Big Sur Poncen Recordings, 2002)
  • Two Discover (Little Sur Poncen Recordings, 2006)
  • The Sheets, The Sheets EP (Little Sur/Pacealot 2003)
  • Dave Mulligan, The Late Great Southwest (2007)
  • Little Wings, Grow (K Records, 2005)
  • Paula Frazer, Now It's Time (Birdman Records, 2005)
  • Jackie Greene, Giving Up the Ghost (429 Records, 2007)
  • Skinny Singers, Strike Again! (Rope Stretch/Little Sur, 2007)
  • The Traditionist, Season to Season (Banter Records, 2007)
  • Golden Coast Productions, Surf Stronger Volumes 1 and 2 (2007–2008)
  • Dave Brogan, Thunderbird Sun Transformation (2008)
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Country Hai East Cotton (2008)
  • Nicki Bluhm, Toby's Song (2008)
  • Chris Velan, Solidago (2009)
  • Hot Buttered Rum, Limbs Akimbo (2009)
  • Jackie Greene, Till the Light Comes (429 Records, 2010)
  • Little Wings, Black Grass (2010)
  • Nicki Bluhm, Duets (2011)
  • Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Driftwood (Little Sur Records, 2011)


  1. ^ "Mother Hips".
  2. ^ "Tim Bluhm".
  3. ^ "Jay Blakesberg Starts Tim Bluhm Medical Expense Relief GoFundMe Page". JamBase. 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ "Blue Rose Music Signs Singer/Songwriter Tim Bluhm From Hospital Bed". All Access. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. ^ Moore, Bobby (2018-08-28). "Premiere: Tim Bluhm Likens the Dust Bowl to Current Affairs in 'Raining Gravel'". Wide Open Country. Retrieved 2019-01-04.

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