Nicki Bluhm and her band infuse timeless Americana with R&B grooves, soulful emotiveness and a pop sophistication that contrasts complex musicianship with catchy melodies. Where many rootsy musicians are content to recreate the past, Nicki’s music innovatively blends multiple elements into her own inimitable tone.

1029_Women_Leadership_NickiLike many talents of the 21st century, Nicki Bluhm was discovered on YouTube. She and her band The Gramblers are music lovers and music lifers – they even play and record songs while riding in their van between gigs. After posting a “van session” cover of the Hall & Oates hit “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” the video is currently approaching three million views.

Subsequently, Nicki has performed with The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, Chris Robinson, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Galactic and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. She has sung the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game and performed with her band on Conan. And along with Kaki King and The Avett Brothers, Nicki has also appeared as a model on Gap billboards around the world for an advertising campaign titled “Icons Redefined: The Icons Of Tomorrow.”

Above all this, it’s Nicki’s well-crafted and widely appealing original songs that are sure to make her a household name with music lovers. Her songs are often categorized as country-rock, singer-songwriter or even the radio industry term “triple-A” (adult album alternative). But Nicki’s approach to songwriting stretches past those descriptive margins into uncharted territory and that’s why I chose her as a “Future Woman.”

Musicologist

I’m a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock ’n’ roll. My first concert was Howard Jones at the Henry J. Kaiser convention center in Oakland. I sing for Hot Lunch and Sweet Chariot. I also enjoy skating pools and riding old choppers.

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