Tim Bluhm

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Tim Bluhm
Tim Bluhm 2010.jpg
Photography by Andrew Quist
Background information
Born (1970-07-22) July 22, 1970 (age 47)
Origin Torrance, California
Instruments Guitar, Piano, Drums
Associated acts The Mother Hips, The Mother Hips, Skinny Singers, The Rhythm Devils, Ball-Point Birds, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Website TimBluhm.com

Tim Bluhm (born July 22, 1970) is an American songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician currently residing in California. He has performed solo, in addition to being singer/guitarist and primary songwriter of rock band The Mother Hips (MotherHips.com) . He is part of the duo the Skinny Singers with Jackie Greene, and is a member of The Rhythm Devils (featuring The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann), Ball-Point Birds (with Hips co-founder Greg Loiacono), and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Bluhm has also performed with or opened for Johnny Cash, Wilco, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Cracker, John Hiatt, and Phil Lesh. [clarification needed]

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

In 2005, with San Diego-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Poltz, Bluhm founded The High Sierra Singer/Songwriter Workshop. The four-day backcountry experience offers attendees the opportunity to write songs and learn from two of California's most renowned songwriters in one of the country's most esteemed locations. In 2009, Bluhm and the Mother Hips started the annual Mother Hips Family Hipnic, a two-day music festival in Big Sur, CA.

In the summer of 2015 the band Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers parted ways with Tim Bluhm. That Fall a public statement was released stating that Nicki Bluhm and Tim Bluhm would be separating musically and personally. Nicki and the band continued as a 5-piece and with guest keyboardists. They toured Europe in 2016 and are expected to record a fifth album this year.


Studio albums[edit]

The Mother Hips[edit]

  • 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)


  • 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)

Ball-Point Birds[edit]

  • 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 (2007-8)
  • Bryn Loosley, "The Wrecker" (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)


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