The Mother Hips are my favorite band, purveyors of musical California Soul that have released 8 albums in a career spanning 20 years. Their sound goes perfectly with driving along Highway 1 with the window down, hair blowing in the breeze, on your way to check the surf. If you like Sierra Nevada swilling, cowboy boot wearing, and California coastal cruising, you will love The Mother Hips. Do yourself a favor and go to the website, download some tunes, load up your van with single fins, firewood, and a good set of hiking boots, grab a few friends and take off on a road trip with a soundtrack that will keep you jamming the whole way there and back again, then come back and let me know what you think.
They recently released a new album that has become my favorite – Behind Beyond, which you can sample for free on their website.
A few years back I was honored to star in a music video for the song “Are You Free”. During the filming, I ended up with two sprained ankles plus several stitches across my knee cap, but it was well worth the experience. You can read that story here.
So practice your skateboarding, you never know when your favorite band leader will call you up and ask you to bomb down a hill!