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SXSW 2013: Nicki Bluhm Shares Her Top 5 ‘Can’t Miss’ Acts

Nicki Bluhm
Noa Azoulay-Sclater

Musicians are fans of music, too, and with SXSW 2013 fast approaching, we checked in with some of our favorite showcasing acts, asking them to share with us the artists they’re most looking forward to checking out at this year’s Austin gathering. Among those we called on was San Francisco-based singer Nicki Bluhm.

Nicki has been performing under the Bluhm moniker since taking on the backing band the Gramblers in 2008, the same year she released her debut album, ‘Toby’s Song.’ Since then, she’s been touring frequently with the Gramblers, and those shows led to their ‘Van Sessions’ series and eventually the viral success of their Hall & Oates cover ‘I Can’t Go For That,’ a video that’s snagged two million YouTube hits.

Bluhm currently is on the road in support of a new digital single, ‘Little Too Late’ (download via the widget below), and has gigs scheduled through the end of May, including five at SXSW. Check out her complete itinerary here, and scroll down to see what he has to say about her five “can’t miss” artists at SXSW 2013.


Sean Rowe



We toured the Northeast with Sean last fall. His vocals are deeply haunting and beautiful. Simplicity at it’s best.



Jason Isbell



I saw Jason open for Ryan Adams at the Henry Miller Library last spring. His songs are honest and pure. A refreshing sound that touches on modern times while feeling old and nostalgic.  



Richard Thompson



Richard is a legend. I saw him perform at the Americana Music Awards and was brought to tears. It’s not often you get to watch a living legend.



The Sheepdogs



I had a great talk with Ewan and the boys from the Sheepdogs at Petty Fest in San Francisco this month. They gave me a Curling 101 lesson (a new sport to me but very popular in Canada, where they’re from). We also talked about how much we love harmonies and song craft. I hope to catch their set and check them out!






I’ve never heard Lissie’s music, but her vibe is very appealing, and I’ve heard great things. I am hoping to catch her set and see what she’s all about.


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