Review: Nicki Bluhm, ‘Driftwood’

Review: Nicki Bluhm, ‘Driftwood’: Aidin Vaziri | Now that Nicki Bluhm has become a minor Internet celebrity thanks to her band’s van sessions, in which they perform spot-on covers of ’80s pop hits by Hall and Oates and Whitney Houston while driving across country, what better time to reintroduce her sweet-sounding sophomore album, “Driftwood”? Originally released in digital form last year, the record gets a physical release this week, and fans of sun-speckled ’70s-style Americana will certainly want to take notice. With a little help from husband Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips, the San Francisco singer-songwriter channels influences such as Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt in easygoing tunes such as “Jetplane,” the twangy duet “Stick With Me” and the B-3 driven “Kill You to Call.” She sounds just as good in the studio as she does behind the wheel.


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