Songs From Studio C

Songs From Studio C is North State Public Radio's in-studio music series. The show aims to connect listeners with artists performing here in the North State and to learn the stories behind their songs. Songs From Studio C is produced by Nolan Ford with videography by Sky Scholfield, Tanner Walsh, and Malcolm Ashton.

Songs From Studio C airs every other Monday at 6:44 PM and Tuesday at 7:45 AM, also publishing here with exclusive web content.

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Today our guest is Nashville songwriter, Nicki Bluhm. Originally based out of San Francisco, Bluhm is perhaps best known from her band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, which she led alongside her former husband Tim Bluhm. After the couple split in 2015, Nicki moved to Nashville for a change of pace and to process her thoughts the best way she knows how, through her songwriting. We talk with Bluhm about her latest album, To Rise You Gotta Fall.

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Today our guests are Ben Ruttenburg and Samantha Francis who make up the Chico acoustic duo, The Bidwells. Ruttenburg and Francis both have strong ties to the local theatre scene here in town and have known each other as performers since childhood, but it wasn’t until they began performing together in the local cover band Decades that a stronger friendship would develop. Shortly after Francis left the group in 2016, the two musicians began learning cover songs and writing their own originals as The Bidwells. 

Today our guests in studio make up the San Francisco rock band, Meant To Bend. Guitarist Aamir Mauladad and drummer Nathan Driver have been playing music together since they were high school students in San Diego. After relocating to San Francisco a couple years ago and meeting bass guitarist Gaku Kelliher, Meant To Bend started to become an active presence in venues across the Bay Area. We talk with the band about their songwriting. Meant To Bend just released their debut EP titled Minimum Frowny, which can be found anywhere you stream music online.

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Today we are revisiting an episode of the show featuring North State songwriter Hannah Jane Kile. At the time of this recording Kile had just released her second full-length album, and this Friday she will return to Chico for a show where she’ll release not one but two brand new full albums. 

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Today our guest is Chico songwriter, Kirk Williams. Williams performs under the moniker, Lish Bills, a nickname he picked up from his coworkers at The Music Connection. Before entering the world of acoustic music, Williams was well-known as one of the most talented local metal musicians from bands like Brain In A Cage, Blood Of Cain, Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy and Armed For Apocalypse. We ask him what it's like transitioning from the two musical styles.

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Today our guest is Sacramento songwriter, Noah Clark. Clark first became known in the North State area as a drummer for the indie-rock band Brilliant Red Lights. After touring the country and putting out two albums, the band called it quits with one final blowout show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Clark has moved on to writing his own original pop/rock songs, which he performs under the moniker Noah Clark and the Homewrecking Crew. We talk with Clark about his songwriting and the transition from supporting musician to frontman.

Today our guest is Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Originally from Colorado, Cahoone’s interest in music began as a drummer performing around town with various Blues bands. When she turned 21, an opportunity presented itself to relocate to Seattle where she would continue to pursue music as a drummer alongside the famous indie rock group, Band of Horses. In 2006 Cahoone began releasing her own songs that caught the attention of Seattle’s indie-rock station KEXP as well as NPR Music, and it wasn’t long before she was signed to Sub Pop Records. With the release of Cahoone’s latest album, she decided to spend more time on the road as a solo performer instead of performing with a full band. We talk with her about how that experience has changed her as a musician.

Today we’re joined by The T Sisters. The Americana/folk band is based out of Oakland and made up of sisters Erika, Chloe and Rachel. The T Sisters began singing together at a very young age. Every summer for about seven years the girls would attend a performing arts camp that provided a low-pressure environment to get their first taste of singing and dancing with friends. Recently the band released an EP they recorded at the Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. The T Sisters will perform in Oakland on Friday, April 13th.

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Today our guest is one of my personal favorite musicians, Tim Bluhm. Bluhm first started writing songs in Chico back in the early ‘90s along with his college friend Greg Loiacono. Together they formed one of Chico’s most popular rock bands, The Mother Hips. Now, after over two decades of recording albums and touring the country, The Hips’ music continues to resonate with the North State community and beyond. About two years ago Bluhm suffered a terrible paragliding accident that he’s been slowly recovering from ever since. We talk about how that experience has changed him. The Mother Hips will tour across California next month and plan to release a new album on June 8th through Blue Rose Music.

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Today our guest is singer/songwriter Greg Loiacono. Loiacono is well-known here in Chico for his decades-long career with the rock band The Mother Hips. In their first 10 years as a band, The Mother Hips grew from Chico State students gigging on the weekends all the way to major label stars, traveling the country and rubbing elbows with iconic songwriters like Johnny Cash. Loiacono has also developed a flourishing solo career in addition to his work with the Hips. The Mother Hips will perform in Petaluma on February 3rd, and then tour across California later in March. Also keep an eye out for their new album being released through Blue Rose Music on June 8th.

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