We are extremely excited to have Greg Loiacono of The Mother Hips as our guest on No Simple Road this week! From his first gigs with the legendary The Mother Hips all the way up to his most recent solo album Mystic Traces Greg Loiacono has always been driven by one unwavering desire: to connect. In music, he found a direct conduit to the soul, a miraculous means by which to inspire and unite, and it’s guided him like a compass throughout his remarkable career. Whether Loiacono’s fronting his solo band, producing records, guesting with peers like Phil Lesh or Chris Robinson, or onstage by himself, it’s all part of a never-ending quest to generate and celebrate the magic of shared human experience.
Loiacono’s journey began at Chico State, where he co-founded The Mother Hips with fellow singer/songwriter Tim Bluhm. Before the band had even graduated from school, they were signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, Back To The Grotto. Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, they would go on to release nine more studio albums as they cemented their status as architects of a new breed of California rock and roll, one equally informed by the breezy harmonies of the Beach Boys, the funky roots of The Band, and the psychedelic Americana of Buffalo Springfield.
Greg’s latest release Mystic Traces was recorded in Ojai, California by Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger) and features guest appearances by Mikael Jogenesen (Wilco), Kyle Field (Little Wings), Neal Casal, Jesse Seibenberg, Jamie Drake and many more.
We talk with Greg about re-releasing 30 years of Mother Hips music on vinyl, creating his new solo album ‘Mystic Traces’, coping with solitude and pressure throughout the Pandemic, sobriety and his desire to connect with other humans as a way to stay clean and sober, and a whole lot more!
For tour info, music and more head to www.gregloiacono.com
SONG THE BEGINNING OF THE EPISODE: ‘Best Friend I Town’ – off The Mother Hips album ‘Behind Beyond’
SONG AT THE END OF THE EPISODE: ‘What Can I Say?’ – off his new solo album ‘Mystic Traces’
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