The buzz is building for Nicki Bluhm.
The local vocalist, who grew up in Lafayette and attended Acalanes High, is getting a ton of notice for her cover of Hall and Oates' classic "I Can't Go For That," which has received more than a million views on YouTube.
Hopefully, the attention won't stop there -- and that this catchy cover will lead music lovers straight to the original songbook of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers.
The tuneful Bay Area band, which blends pop-rock with alt-country and other Americana flavors, was formed in 2008 by Bluhm, husband Tim Bluhm (well known for his work in the Mother Hips) and childhood friend Deren Ney (another Acalanes High alum). They'd soon add a rhythm section -- bassist Steve Adams, rhythm guitarist Dave Mulligan and drummer Mike Curry -- and release the 2008 debut "Toby's Song." The sophomore effort, "Driftwood," followed in 2011.
The band is doing a lot of road work these days, playing gigs both big and small, but certainly hasn't neglected its Bay Area fans.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are in the midst of a run at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., San Francisco, that wraps up with a show at 8 p.m. June 19 ($10-$12, www.apeconcerts.com). The band's June 10 show at Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre sold out.
Read Jim Harrington's Concert Blog at http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/category/concerts. Follow him at http://twitter.com/jimthecritic.