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We’ve got a pretty fun weekend ahead of us. We’re playing in Big Sur, Fairfax, and Chico and we’re opening shows for Tim Bluhm each night. That alone would be enough reason for us to be excited. But that’s not it. For each of these shows we will be playing a set as the Coffis Brothers and also playing a full set backing Tim Bluhm. I try to make these blog posts informative but also kinda silly and not too serious. This one isn’t any different, but before we get to the silly and not too serious part, I do want to say that we’ve long looked up to Tim and getting to be his band is a huge thrill for us. We love the songs we’re playing, and we’re just really excited to get to show this to audiences. In between a week in Hawaii and a week rafting down a river in Idaho, Tim took a little bit of time to chat about this new band and these upcoming shows. Here’s the interview with Tim Bluhm.

Kellen Coffis: Thanks for joining us, Tim. How are things? Tim Bluhm: I’m doing fine, just wrapping up a few things before heading into the mountains for a week. KC: We love the mountains over here at We’re very familiar with them. Looks like you’ve been super busy working, so can you tell us what you’ve been up to this last week? TB: Oh, I was busy hanging out in Hawaii. It’s been a tough summer so far. KC: Sounds like it. What island were you on? TB: Big Island. Lots of lava there. Some of it is brand new. KC: I’m more of a small island guy myself. I prefer the less touristy places like Oahu. There’s a great Cheesecake Factory over there if you ever make it back. TB: Yeah you guys don’t get out of your mountains much, huh? KC: It’s been a while. Anyway, let’s get to the reason why we’re here. Looks like you’ve got some shows lined up. Anything you can tell us about these shows or is it just the same ol’ Tim bluhm playing the same ol’ Tim bluhm songs? TB: Oh yeah, I meant to ask you guys if you would play these shows with me. KC: I’ll check our calendar but we could probably pull it off. Maybe we can call it Tim Bluhm and the Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men. What do you think? TB: That might be too many syllables there. There are already enough syllables in the lyrics to last us a year. KC: Well, you’re the songwriter so I’ll trust you on the syllables thing. Calendar says we’re free. Let’s do it. What songs do you want to play? TB: The songs are pretty straightforward. Actually, maybe there’re a couple weird things. But I’m sure you’ll do great. But we definitely won’t have time to rehearse. KC: So is this a new band for you? How’d you find these guys? I imagine they must have outlasted dozens of other contenders in a rigorous audition process, right? TB: Um, yeah. Pretty much. We played one show together, the closing set at Hipnic XI, and it sounded really good to me. A really full, yet dynamic band with expert harmony singing.

KC: You’ve played in many bands throughout your career, in what way is this one different? And why, with only one show under you, have you been so vocal about calling this the very best band you have played in? Or did I make that up? TB: Did I say that? KC: Must have been someone else. Anyway, tell us about these upcoming shows and generally what you will be doing at these shows. TB: I would say I haven’t played in as many bands as some guys my age, but a few for sure. It’s fun to mix it up and to play songs that don’t get heard much. That’s the cool part of playing with new combos. I can play songs that aren’t Hips songs but they sound good with a band. Joking aside, we’ve worked up a long list of my songs from my new record, my previous 5 solo records and some brand new ones, too. KC: Well, we can’t wait to hear it/I can’t wait to play it. I see you’re playing in Big Sur, Fairfax, and Chico next week. Those are great towns. Have you spent much time in any of those places? TB: I love all of those places and I have spent lots of time in each of them. My new house is a couple blocks from the Fairfax venue. KC: Well, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down with me. I’m really looking forward to the shows. KC: Can you add me and a plus one to the guest list for the weekend? KC: Also, I might need a place to crash in Fairfax. Got any room for me and four other guys? KC: Maybe we can carpool or something? Ya know, save some gas money? KC: Tim? KC: Alright, see ya Thursday.

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Is your bracket a total mess? Are there red lines marked on seemingly every inch of paper? Was New Mexico State’s Round 1 loss a bracket buster for you? (What was I thinking? New Mexico St in the Final Four?) Do you have any idea what we’re talking about? For all of you whose brackets have been crumpled up and thrown away after the first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, we’re giving you a clean slate. In honor of of March Madness, which has been celebrated in the Coffis household for decades, we decided to make our very own Coffis Brothers Sweet 16.

We have very carefully, hand-selected (eh, I just sorta chose the first ones I thought of) 16 of our songs and put them in a bracket format for you to vote on. For you super fans who love a Cinderella Story, this is your chance to get that deep-cut that no one else knows about into a Final Four, and for those of you who root for the Duke’s and North Carolina’s, take care of business and make sure the “Hits” see their way to another Championship. If you still don’t have a clue what we’re talking about, don’t worry about it. It’s pretty simple. All week long we will be putting our songs in a head-to-head matchup over on our Instagram Story until we have just one song remaining, and that one song will forever be dubbed the greatest of all Coffis Brothers songs. Well, probably not, but I thought this could be fun and we’d love your participation. Tune into our Instagram all week long to follow the results and get a peak at the full bracket below.

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We did it! We’ve made it to the end of the year and also to my favorite post of the year. It’s one of those posts where we talk about how we can’t believe how fast the year has gone, or maybe we could go with the “actually, this year felt even longer than normal” take, but I don’t have any sort of hot take about if 2018 felt long or short or if it was great or terrible.

As I reflect about the past year I do think that 2018 will be a very memorable and notable year for the Coffis team. At least it feels like that right now. Once again we played more shows than any other year, we completed our first full calendar year with Sam as our drummer, we played at the legendary Strawberry Music Festival, we got to play a handful of shows with one of our favorite bands, The Mother Hips, and we played at our good friend’s new brewery (Humble Sea Brewing Co). Without going too far into all of the crazy sleepless traveling we did, or the times we couldn’t believe how hot it was in the backseat of the van, or what seemed like the ten thousand times we loaded our gear in and out of a venue, (and we use the word venue very loosely), I think what has stood out most about 2018 is all the people we’ve met at our shows over the years that we saw so many times in 2018 and have formed real relationships with. I hesitate to call them fans because they feel more like good friends at this point and we’re so grateful and thankful to all of you who take time out of your days and nights to go see us perform. We are very aware of the effort and money it takes for you to come to even one show, let alone dozens of shows some of you have gone to. If you’re reading this then I’d imagine you’re probably one of those people we’re talking about and we’d just like to say thank you. We hope that you’ve enjoyed every one of our shows no matter how early or late it was, how hot or cold it was, how loud or quiet we were, (usually loud) and most of all we hope that every show was very musical for you.

2019 we’ll begin the the 9th year that Jamie, Kyle and I have been performing under the name The Coffis Brothers, which is pretty amazing to think about. Along the way we picked up Aidan and Sam who have become great partners in music and also great friends, but for all the crazy things we’ve done and for all the hundreds and hundreds of shows we’ve played, it’s really refreshing to know that without a doubt I can say we’re having more fun than we’ve ever had and are more excited than we’ve ever been about the band. On the second day of 2019 we’ll officially start recording our fourth full length album. We’re beyond excited to get to work on it and we can’t wait to show it to you all when it’s done (don’t hold your breath though.) Happy New Year, everyone, and for one last time in 2018 we’d like to say thank you all so so much. Your support means more to us than you could know.

Love,  Jamie, Kellen, Sam, Aidan, and Kyle

Here’s a look back at some of our most memorable moments of 2018

Castoro Cellars, Templeton, February

Kate Wolf Music Festival, Laytonville, June

Santa Ynez, October

Downtown Santa Cruz, December

Redwood Mountain Faire, Felton, June

San Luis Obispo, February

Santa Cruz, April

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