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Summer Tour Dates Announced!

2021-07-02T22:13:57+00:00June 30th, 2021|

We are so happy to announce a run of summer shows! The band will be playing around Northern California and Oregon. In addition, they will be appearing at the BeachLife Festival in SoCal! Please see all dates above and be sure to pick up advance tickets as shows have been selling out!

TOUR DATES

NEW GREG LOIACONO SINGLE AND VIDEO “LAST DAY OF JUNE”

2021-06-30T20:00:31+00:00June 30th, 2021|

Greg Loiacono has just released a new single entitled “Last Day Of June” from a forthcoming instrumental album! It was mixed by Scott Hirsch at EchoMagic and mastered by Anthony Puglisi.

When I was sixteen I found a record in my father’s collection that had a trippy cover on it with two dragons and the kind of archaic imagery I was into at the time (and still am today). It had three names on it- John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Peter Lang.

When I listened to the masterful guitar playing and read the comical bios of these unique individuals I instantly became enamored with the whole sound and vibe. This changed my perception of what guitar playing could be. A year later I was at a ren faire and a hippie sitting under a tree was playing “That’s The Way” by Led Zeppelin. I noticed that he wasn’t playing the usual fingerings I was familiar with. He showed me open G tuning. Once I learned about that I realized that many of the remarkable sounds and chords I was hearing on the aforementioned compilation album involved open tunings. It was a cool revelation to see my teenage, rock world and this American Primitive Guitar music that I had recently discovered, collide and inform me. (From Live For Live Music)

“Last Day of June” certainly wouldn’t have come about if it wasn’t for my Dad and that Takoma Records compilation. This single will be part of an album of instrumental music I will be releasing in 2022. – Greg Loiacono (From Live For Live Music)

Live for Live Music has premiered the video. Stream the new track and watch the video for “Last Day Of June”

Stream/Purchase Last Day of June

WATCH VIDEO

AMERICAN SONGWRITER’S “BRINGIN’ IT BACKWARDS” PODCAST

2021-05-13T19:57:47+00:00May 13th, 2021|

Check out the American Songwriter “Bringin’ It Backwards” Podcast where Greg Loiacono discusses the history of the Mother Hips, the vinyl reissues, the new upcoming record, and more!

LISTEN / WATCH PODCAST

NEW T-SHIRT AND TRUCKER HATS IN THE STORE

2021-05-13T19:54:29+00:00May 13th, 2021|

Visit the Mother Hips Store where we’ve restocked on green and blue trucker hats! In addition, new to the store and just in time for Spring is a Bella Canvas limited edition Heather Black  ‘California Soul’ T-shirt (Unisex). Get ’em while they last!

VISIT THE MOTHER HIPS STORE

NEW SINGLE: GREG LOIACONO “WHAT CAN I SAY?”

2021-05-13T19:55:04+00:00May 13th, 2021|

Greg Loiacono has another single to tickle our eardrums on May 14th!

“What Can I Say?” is the third of four singles I recorded last summer and have been releasing over the past few months. This song follows in line with the last one, “Bound to Fall” by nodding to a retro soul vibe with fine accompaniment from Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave), Charles James Gonzalez and Emilie Raines. The singer is pretty much down on his knees…singing for his life in a way. A lot of us have been in a situation where we have asked for forgiveness even when we knew we probably wouldn’t get it. -Greg Loiacono

The song was recorded at Coyote Hearing in Oakland, CA by Charles James Gonzalez and mixed at Echo Magic in Ojai, CA by Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger).

LISTEN TO "WHAT CAN I SAY?

Interview with Tim Bluhm

2021-04-23T19:10:04+00:00April 23rd, 2021|

Tim was on The Jake Feinberg Show and discussed his experiences as a band from the pre-internet boom until the modern-day pandemic era. It’s a very authentic interview in which Tim opens up about the band’s history and their plans during these unprecedented times.

LISTEN HERE

American Songwriter Premieres Exclusive Acoustic Performance of “Later Days”

2021-03-24T18:23:20+00:00March 24th, 2021|

When a band is together for thirty years, things can change in ways that are imperceptible in the moment but obvious with a bird’s eye view. Sometimes that’s behavior within a group, sometimes that’s the way bands play songs live. For the Chico-born “California soul” group, The Mother Hips, that’s often meant the way the band interprets the music it’s played for three decades when on stage.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE & WATCH THE VIDEO

GLIDE MAGAZINE: REVISITING THE MOTHER HIPS ROCKIN’ ARC WITH ‘BACK TO THE GROTTO,’ ‘PART-TIMER GOES FULL’, ‘SHOOTOUT’

2021-03-20T15:53:26+00:00March 20th, 2021|

“It’s March. At least on the coast of  Central California, we’re starting to get a taste of spring. This is a brilliant time of year in this part of the Golden State, the birds are out and bees have begun buzzing from one flower to another. The poppies are popping and beer tastes better in the sunshine. It’s a heady season full of promise and this year it is even sweeter because the first three vinyl rereleases of the Mother Hips catalog have been sent and received. We now have Back To The Grotto, Part-Timer Goes Full, and Shootout – all on vinyl – in our record collections. It’s kind of like being in the Columbia House Record Club for Mother Hips fans.”

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VINYL REISSUE UPDATE

2021-03-12T22:26:28+00:00March 12th, 2021|

Thank you for everyone who picked up a vinyl reissue! These are numbered limited edition 180 gram Blue Rose Music vinyl pressings, most of which are on vinyl for the first time! Each includes a download card.

For those who ordered the Back to the Grotto double-vinyl, you should have received it by now. The first pressing of 300 sold out quick! Due to popular demand, another pressing of 300 is in the works and available for preorder with hopes of it shipping in June.

Part-Timer Goes Full and Shoot Out are both double-vinyl and limited to 500 each. They shipped together and should be arriving any day now if they haven’t already. Some copies of each have been put back up for sale.

The limited Later Days pressing of 300 is sold out and will be shipping in April.

All remaining titles are available for preorder. Get ’em while you can and drop a note to any of your vinyl listening friends!

ORDER VINYL REISSUES

NEW SINGLE “BOUND TO FALL” FROM GREG LOIACONO & JAMIE DRAKE OUT NOW

2021-03-12T22:37:53+00:00March 12th, 2021|

LISTEN TO BOUND TO FALL

A new track from Greg Loiacono and Jamie Drake is out today! “Bound to Fall” is a duet with acclaimed L.A.-based indie folk singer-songwriter Jamie Drake who can also heard on the track “San Felipe” from Greg’s record Mystic Traces. Greg and Jamie co-wrote “Bound to Fall” together (pictured in the artwork) in March 2019 before recording it in Oakland, CA during the lockdown in summer 2020. The track also features Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and was mixed by Scott Hirsch.

“A few years back I had become obsessed with a recording called ‘Please Stay’ by The Cryin’ Shames. It inspired me to dive back into old records of singers singing heartbreak songs from way back. I hoped to convey that lonely, far away sound on this record. Once Jamie and I started working on the song together we focused in on this unrequited love that drives the singer almost into a sense of delusion. It was really enjoyable finding ways to convey this through words and melody.” – Greg Loiacono

“I think we’ve truly captured a specific, vintage, musical world in an authentic way,” adds Drake. “We were visited by a classic-feeling melody as we began to write and it brought a bit of magic to our session—along with plenty of failed relationship experiences to contextually pack into the lyrics. I remember laughing while suggesting the line about listening to Steely Dan and hearing the saxophone play. It’s such a real detail and I’m sure someone out there will relate.” – Jamie Drake

Additional Personnel:
Charles James Gonzalez- engineer
Scott Hirsch- mix
Anthony Puglisi- master
Reed Mathis- bass
Sean Nelson- drums
Mikael Erik Jorgensen- synthesizer
Patrick B Spurgeon- percussion

David Dolger Schwartz for Fast Atmosphere- artwork
out on Blue Rose Music

LISTEN TO BOUND TO FALL
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