“Hey Emilie” by The Mother Hips
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In cosmic jam band years, 1991 may not seem so long ago. For instance the surfy sounding chimes, the acid tripping fuzz box guitar leads, the rambling hippy jam, and “dead-like” harmonies are pretty timeless. 1991 could just as well be 1971 or 2011. It is with that context that one of California’s long running jam bands has just re-released their pivotal 1991 debut album Back to the Grotto.
The band is the Mother Hips. Slightly greying on top but still cranking out great songs in what they describe as “station-wagon rock,” the band that could is celebrating the re-release of the album that got it all started. Originally from Chico and now San Francisco, an early reviewer pondered, “Will there be life after Chico?” Resoundingly, “Yes!” There has been a long and rich life for the Mother Hips. Lots of albums and lots of tours.
The two main original members Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacano, have stayed constant and pretty true to their original roots, slightly broadening their country influence over the years and perhaps shortening their songs but widening their sonic depth. They have also grown into somewhat elder statesmen of the cosmic country, “station-wagon” rock, jam band genre, supporting up-and-comers, co-curating the Big Sur area Hipnic in July and even gigging with Southern California’s own Old Californio – a double dose of which will be presented this Friday at the Bootleg Theatre when Nor-Cal meets So-Cal in a cosmic musical run in.
Back to the Grotto captured the band at the moment and listening to the album, one can imagine the small town college scene the band came out of, but seeing the Mother Hips live will fill in over 20 years of catching up with them. They come around the Southland now and again, but playing a show with our own Old Californio is a special night not to be missed.
Turnstyled, Junkpiled has the hook-up for two lucky readers. We are giving away 2 tickets (one pair) to see The Mother Hips with Old Californio, at The Bootleg Theatre (Los Angeles) on Friday, June 1 (8:30pm).
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