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The Mother Hips Announce New Single “8:05”

2024-04-10T01:28:04+00:00April 9th, 2024|

Tim and Greg Rework Moby Grape’s 1967 Classic “8:05”

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., APRIL 4, 2024 – On April 9th, The Mother Hips, one of the Bay Area’s most iconic and beloved rock and roll outfits, will release a single of Moby Grape’s classic song, “8:05,” as part of the compilation album The Mouse That Rocked: A Tribute to Stanley Mouse.

The duet features founding members of The Mother Hips, Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono, on 12-string acoustic guitar and nylon string classical guitar.

The Mouse That Rocked will be released by Blue Rose Music on April 12th, and features other contemporary artists performing songs by the bands featured in Mouse’s legendary album covers and collectable ballroom posters dating back to the 1960’s.

“Right around the time we received the suggestion to do our version of ‘8:05,’ from our friend and founder of Blue Rose Music, Joe Poletto, Tim and I had been deeply focused on the playfully elegant sounds that a 12-string acoustic guitar and a nylon string classical guitar made together,” says Loiacono. “Once we felt comfortable with the song, we realized our version didn’t need anything more than those guitars and our voices to do it justice.”

Stanley Mouse, known for his psychedelic poster and album art, is celebrated for drawing the face on rock music with his enchanting San Francisco handbills and posters, as well a string of famous album covers for Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Beatles, Howlin’ Wolf, Journey, Cream, and of course, Moby Grape.

“Greg and I both covered our walls with posters and albums designed by Stanley Mouse in our bedrooms back home and in our dorm rooms at Chico State University,” says Bluhm. “We’ve been huge fans of his art and the music he helped visualize for years. Contributing to this unique project has been an honor and pleasure.”

Beyond celebrating Mouse’s artistic contributions, The Mouse That Rocked also serves a charitable purpose. “100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Blue Rose Foundation, which provides preschool scholarships to underprivileged children,” says Joe Poletto, Founder of Blue Rose Music. “Now, fans of Mouse and The Mother Hips can support an important cause and enjoy magnificently arranged versions of legendary songs, including Tim and Greg’s mesmerizing take on ‘8:05.’”

About The Mouse That Rocked
The Mouse That Rocked features 12 new tracks from a diverse array of artists, including The Mother Hips, Chuck Leavell, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Musselwhite, Nicole Atkins, Shawn Sahm & The Tex Mex Experience, Junior Brown, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Jason Crosby, and the Pimps of Joytime. The Mouse That Rocked: A Tribute to Stanley Mouse is more than just an album; it’s a testament to the enduring power of art, music, and philanthropy to make a positive impact on the world.


HIPNIC 15 May 17 -19, 2024

2024-04-10T01:28:04+00:00December 12th, 2023|

HIPNIC 15 presale starts tomorrow at high noon!

HIPNIC PRE-SALE ON SALE WED, DEC 13 at High Noon – Friday,DEC 15 at 6pm

The Mother Hips Join Midnight North For East Coast Dates

2024-04-10T01:28:04+00:00November 17th, 2023|

The Mother Hips are teaming up with Midnight North for four shows on the east coast!

  • Thu, March 7, 2024 – The Hamilton Live, Washington, DC
  • Fri, March 8, 2024 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sat, March 9, 2024 – Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY
  • Sun, March 10, 2024 – Middle Ages Brewing Company, Syracuse, NY

Ultimate Setlist Show December 15th

2024-04-10T01:28:05+00:00November 2nd, 2023|

For the fifth time, The Mother Hips are asking for your help in crafting an ultimate setlist for them to play on December 15th at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Here’s the deal:

Submit a setlist of your favorite Mother Hips songs by December 1st. Send your setlist HERE.

Pick songs that the band has written or played throughout their career including Tim and Greg solo projects. Limit your setlist to 26 songs and separate them into two sets with the second set being slightly longer. The last two songs will be used as an encore. The guys are excited to see your submissions.

Try to be as creative as possible in crafting your list. They love reading all of them and your list may influence the band’s setlist-making in the future.

The Ultimate Setlist Show will be played Friday, December 15th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The winner will not be announced until the beginning of the second set on December 15th. Again, the deadline is December 1st.

Good luck!

Hopmonk Tavern Novato July 8th Matinee and Evening Shows

2024-04-10T01:28:05+00:00June 14th, 2023|

The Mother Hips will be performing two shows on July 8th at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato, California.  There will be a 1:00pm matinee show as well as a 7:00pm evening show. Asher Belsky opens the matinee. The Courtney Janes open the evening show. Both will be on the the outdoor stage. These shows tend to sell out so get your tickets early!



2024-04-10T01:28:05+00:00April 12th, 2023|

I’m thinking of trying something new and wanted to get input from people like yourselves.

Over the past 5 years I’ve been doing a lot of sailing on the West Coast, Mexico, Croatia and the Caribbean. As I did with the High Sierra songwriting trips I did years ago, I’m thinking about combining my passions to organize an annual sailing and music experience in the Caribbean.

I would like to start small to test out the idea: A few couples/parties joining for a 4 day/4 night trip in the British Virgin Islands aboard my friends’ boat; a catamaran called Lost Cat.  She’s a beautiful boat that I crewed on a couple of years ago. I’ll be joining the captain again this year as he sails her from Bonaire to Tortola, where we’ll be based for most of November.

It seems the perfect opportunity to test-drive the concept of a sailing/private concert experience. For 4 days we will sail and island hop in the BVI during the days, then drop the hook in beautiful bays where we’ll hang out for the night for drinks & song.

Being aboard a catamaran like Lost Cat is pretty luxurious and is a great experience for those who maybe haven’t spent much time on a sailing vessel (it doesn’t “heel” and there’s lots of room), and for those who already love sailing (she’s fast and performs well). There’re private queen berths and a great meals prepared on board. Typically we’d spend 3-4 hours under way each day.

If this is something you would be interested in doing, let me know and I’ll send out more details as they unfold. -Tim


Hipnic XIV Line-Up Announced

2024-04-10T01:28:05+00:00March 7th, 2023|

Hipnic XIV will take place this year on May 19-21, 2023 at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. Lineup has been announced!
Tickets on sale March 8th at 12noon PST.


No Depression: The Mother Hips Take a Trip Through Memory on ‘When We Disappear’

2024-04-10T01:28:06+00:00February 1st, 2023|

This album rests in a place of reflection and wisdom from experience, looking back on places and relationships with a sense of growth tinged with longing. The bluesy rock influence prevalent in much of The Mother Hips’ music is still present, though they push further here, broadening the spectrum of their sound between country, rock, and psychedelia.


MOJO Magazine: Americana Album Review ‘When We Disappear’

2024-04-10T01:28:06+00:00February 1st, 2023|

When We Disappear

Having followed The Mother Hips through 30-odd years and a dozen albums, I still don’t have an easy answer as to what kind of band they are. All I know is that whatever they play or sing sounds like California. Late-’60s/early-’70s West Coast country rock and soul play a big part – at its best here on tender, bittersweet Leaving The Valley and masterful, Gram Parsons-y Almost To Idaho. Sometimes it brings to mind The Band – if The Band were a jam band. There’s also elements of psych rock and Beach Boys (both can be found in Room Four) as well as harmonies (Lost Out The Window) and rocking blues (She Stepped Away).


Grateful Web Video Premiere: Buffy Saint-Marie Song “CODINE” BY THE MOTHER HIPS

2024-04-10T01:28:06+00:00February 1st, 2023|

Mother Hips’ co-founder Tim Bluhm recounts: “When we were teenagers we were on a road trip in the Great Basin with my older brother and some of his friends. They had this cassette tape with a lot of weird music on it and one night at the campfire this song came on and freaked us out,” Tim Bluhm explained. “We later discovered that it was the Charlatans covering a Buffy St Marie song.”

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