Tim Bluhm

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Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm plays the Presqu'ile Winery in Santa Maria on Tuesday, Sept. 10 (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $17.50 presale at Boo Boo's and ticketfly.com or $20 at the door). As the primary guitarist and singer for The Mother Hips, Bluhm's been rocking rootsy tunes on Central Coast stages for a while now. In that time, he's released a slew of his own solo and collaborative projects, toured with Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, teamed up with The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, opened up Mission Bells Studio, and started a music festival in Big Sur called Hipnic.

Bluhm cut a new record of his own at the Cash Cabin in Nashville after a speed-flying (like paragliding, but faster and more dangerous) accident landed him in the hospital.

"It changed my outlook on life, and it changed my whole self-image," Bluhm said in press materials. "It was a humbling thing to be physically incapacitated like that, and it was a reminder of just how fragile we all are. I'm more grateful than ever to be alive right now."

With Dave Schools of Widespread Panic in the producer's chair and a group of music veterans who joined Bluhm to record the album, Sorta Survivin' will be released in 2019.

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