There’s No Grumbling About These Gramblers!

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Walking into The Sinclair last night, I had bit of an inkling of what to expect from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers because I’d seen the recording of their set at the Newport Folk Festival. That video, however, did not truly prepare me for the energy and quality of the show.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

From the moment the band took the stage, I was enthralled. Maybe rapt is a better word.

Nicki

Nicki

Nicki’s style is engaging, sexy without playing the sex object (as so many performers do). You feel like she is making eye contact with you, yet you know she can’t really see the audience past the first couple of rows.

Nicki

Nicki

The music is a little bit country, a little bit rock, a little bit blues, and a little bit psychedelic (when they perform “Somebody to Love”, Nicki channeled Grace Slick perfectly).

Nicki

Nicki

They performed about half of their most current release, the self-titled “Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers”, with the rest coming from previous releases.

Set List

Set List

The Gramblers is composed of some terrific musicians – Tim Bluhm (Nicki’s husband) on keys, guitar, and vocals, Deren Ney on lead guitar, Dave Mulligan on rhythm guitar and vocals, Mike Curry on drums, and guest Reed Mathis from Tea Leaf Green on bass.

Deren Ney

Deren Ney

Tim Bluhm

Tim Bluhm

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Dave Mulligan

Mike Curry

Mike Curry

Reed Mathis

Reed Mathis

I may not have known the songs, but I was singing the choruses along with everyone else in the audience! There were times I was reminded of The Band, which is one of my favorite bands EVER.

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After the show, Nicki and at least a few of the Gramblers came out to the merchandise tables to talk to fans and sign CDs or whatever you put in front of her. She was genuinely interested in what we had to say, and you felt as if she was going to remember your name. She may not actually remember, but the art of making a fan feel important is one that is lost on some performers. Nicki hasn’t forgotten the importance of that.

Joe Pug was the opener, and it seemed as if many people came to the show specifically to see him. He is an engaging singer-songwriter from Maryland, who has one of the most amazing smiles I’ve seen.

Joe Pug

Joe Pug

He draws you in with his smile, but his songs keep you there. He writes smart lyrics and is truly a joy to watch. He played a 75 minute set which I appreciated (as did his many fans in the crowd, who knew and sang the songs along with him).

Joe

Joe

He has a good backing band whose names I do not recall… Sorry!

Joe Pug's pedal steel player

Joe Pug’s pedal steel player

Joe Pug's bassist

Joe Pug’s bassist

Joe Pug's electric guitarist (originally from New Zealand)

Joe Pug’s electric guitarist (originally from New Zealand)

The show was sold out, but if felt like the snow kept many people from attending.

I’m already looking forward to seeing both bands again!

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on February 16, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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