San Francisco-based outfit The Mother Hips combines folk and indie rock elements to arrive at a relaxed, California-hued sound. In concert the band grooves their way through feel-good tunes like "Stoned Up the Road" and "Whiskey on a Southbound" with a carefree spirit that perfectly reflects their inebriating subject matter. Though they use a standard rock setup of guitar, bass, keys, and drums, The Mother Hips expertly move through a variety of styles – they’re just as likely to launch into a rollicking honky tonk breakdown as they are a finger-plucking folk tune. Whether they're performing chilled-out jams like "Channel Island Girl" or kicking things up a notch with "Desert Song", The Mother Hips always treat fans to a euphoric concert experience full of sunny Golden State vibes.
The Mother Hips were formed in 1990 by a group students attending California State University, Chico. They cut their teeth playing a mix of covers and originals at campus parties, and before long they were a staple at clubs and venues throughout the region. They released their debut album Back to the Grotto in 1993, attracting attention from label execs and eventually signing with American Records, which boasted Johnny Cash, The Black Crowes, and Tom Petty at the time. Their 1995 sophomore album Part-Timer Goes Full was well-received by fans and critics, drawing the band out for extensive touring that helped bolster their growing fanbase. After parting ways with American Records the group relocated to San Francisco and self-released their 1998 album Later Days, a stripped-down, folk-influenced outing that marked a stylistic departure from their earlier rock-oriented sound. Aside from a brief hiatus in 2003-04 The Mother Hips remained prolific throughout the '00s, and in 2014 they released the album Chronicle Man, a critically acclaimed collection of recordings from their American Records days. Since then they've continued to bring their relaxed brand of hang-loose rock to fans around the country on tour.