The Mother Hips are a Bay Area band that has been creating their brand of freewheeling, alternative Roots Rock for more than 20 years. Tapping in to the same sentiments and experiences as Howlin’ Rain and Blitzen Trapper from my earlier posts this week, The Mother Hips may actually be the origin of this California revival style, which is significantly indebted to the great Neil Young. The band has been a coalescing point for other like minded acts, including Jackie Greene and the recent mainstream breakthrough from L.A., Dawes. They have some really interesting fans, including Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, and Rick Rubin who produced their major label debut, Part-Timer Goes Full back in 1995. Rubin also produced the new Howlin’ Rain album, The Russian Wilds, which was released yesterday (2/14/12). “Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear” was the lead single of their critically acclaimed 2007 release, Kiss the Crystal Flake. Watch the video of the band recording it in the studio below.
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