August 9, 2007
MOUNTAIN MUSIC MAN
Occupation: Lead singer, Mother Hips / mountain guide
Home: Outer Sunset, San Francisco
Activities: Climbing, backpacking, surfing
Favorite destinations: Thousand Island Lake, Lands End
Bluhm pursues his passions for a living. Equal parts Neil
Young and John Muir, the much beloved frontman for the country-rockin'
Mother Hips has shared stages across the nation with folks
like Johnny Cash, Wilco, and the Black Crowes. When he's
not entertaining SRO crowds, you can find him in the Sierra
Nevada: the humble and soft-spoken star spends summer months
leading trips for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG).
His favorite spot in the High Sierra is the John Muir Trail's
Thousand Island Lake. The lake is set in the Ansel Adams
Wilderness just below Banner Peak's dramatic glacier-clad
slopes. Scrambling around Thousand Island's nearby terrain
at 10,000 feet, you'll also spot the rugged spires of the
Minarets, the San Joaquin River basin, and the 13,143-foot
Mount Ritter. When Bluhm comes down from the mountains, he
often walks the wind-blown, ocean-fresh Lands
End Coastal Trail in San Francisco, a 3-mile (round trip)
excursion along the bluffs by the Sutro Baths and past the
Legion of Honor museum.
TIP: Bluhm's next local tour date—a
side gig with Jackie Greene as one half of The Skinny Singers—is
at the Independent in San Francisco on September 13. You
can catch Bluhm with the Mother Hips on September 21 and
22 at Mill Valley's Sweetwater Saloon. For more information
on Bluhm and the Mother Hips, visit www.timbluhm.com or www.motherhips.com.
To learn more about SYMG, including how to join Bluhm's High
Sierra Singer-Songwriters' Workshop, visit www.symg.com.