Rocking Americana Soul: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers at Schubas (April 28, 2015)

The Gramblers start off with a bluesy jam building up to Nicki Bluhm’s entrance upon which the audience cheers.  After the first song, they switch styles and play Till I’m Blue, a fantastic upbeat Americana tune.  Last Tuesday, they released their latest album, “Loved Wild Lost”, and they happily play Mr. Saturday Night, one of the best tracks from this release.  The set is filled with great songs evoking the style of Tom Petty and Grace Potter.

Fans of Bay Area California rock may notice the bassist, Steve Adams.  In addition to being a Grambler, he is also the bassist for Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO).  What is a Grambler? “A nomad!” shouts an audience member. Bluhm likes that answer and declares it to be official from now on.

Later on, they play Ravenous, which sounds a lot like Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon and is just as good.  As the night comes to a close, Nicki says they will end on a lullaby.  After the song ends, she holds up one finger requesting one more song.  She changed her mind and now she wants to end on a rocker.  And rock us out she does. It was a fantastic end to a night of rocking Americana soul.  They have become a finely tuned live band and a must-see act on the touring circuit!

Quinn Delaney

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