Happy New Year!

First and foremost, us Bloofs would like to thank you for your tremendous support in 2014.  We are so grateful to each and every one of you and can’t wait to see what adventures 2015 has in store!Second, we’ve added a lovely subscription button to the right (over there ———>) where you can simply put in your email address, click subscribe, and then do a quick confirmation through email, and you will then get notified anytime we post an update to this website. While we appreciate the platform that Facebook has provided to communicate with all of you, with each new restriction that Facebook implements in an attempt to monetize our ability to reach our fans, we fear that the people who want to keep in touch with us are missing important updates.  Essentially, we are asking you to join a long overdue mailing list so we can engage with those of you that really want to know, outside of Facebook.

And finally, a massive show announcement!  We will be making our way back to The Magic Bag stage for A Blue Valentine’s Day, joined by Blaire Alise & The Bombshells and Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, on Saturday, February 14th!  Below is the glorious show poster that our good friend, Annette DeLorean, made for us (she also did the kick ass artwork for At the Edge of Disaster).

If you would like to join the Facebook Event, so it’s on your calendar, you can do so here: Facebook Event Page

Don’t forget to subscribe to keep in touch with us and we hope to see you soon!





New Video and band update!

We’ll be taking a break from live shows for a couple of months, but will be announcing a big show in the New Year very soon. You might also catch Kate & David hitting up some open mics around town. In the meantime, here is our video for I Can’t Let Go. It was shot and edited by Bernie Edlred and Tony Hamera. Enjoy!

Shows and things in the works

This summer we’ve been busy playing shows and working on the new album to be released this fall!! In the meantime, here are some shows we have coming up:

Thursday, July 24th
The Whitney, Detroit
Whitney Garden Party with Six and the Sevens

Saturday, August 9th
Plymouth Coffee Bean, Plymouth
Kate, David & Erin perform acoustically
with Anthony Retka, Mike Galbraith
More info HERE.

Sunday, August 31st
Arts Beats & Eats, Royal Oak
Set time 6:45pm
More info to come.


By: Cara Boyer

November 6, 2013

At this point, hopefully your iPod is full of local bands and musicians, and I optimistically assume a few of those artists are ones I’ve shared with you. Whether that’s true or not, get ready to clear some GBs on your device and make room for The Blueflowers.

If you’re into film, you’ve likely heard of film noir. But what about folk noir? That’s how Kate Hinote, vocalist for The Blueflowers, describes her band. She and husband Tony Hamera started making music together nearly 10 years ago, and after a series of different projects, they officially created The Blueflowers in 2009.

The band’s first album, Watercolor Ghost Town, was released the same year. There have been a few lineup changes throughout the years, but in addition to Hinote and Hamera, The Blueflowers are made up of David Johnson (acoustic guitar), Erica Stephens (bass), Erin Williams (organ/backing vocals) and Jim Faulkner (drums).

The Blueflowers’ sophomore album, In Line with the Broken-Hearted was released in 2011, and their most recent effort, Stealing the Moon, debuted in the summer of 2012. The latter part of Stealing the Moon was written while Hinote was pregnant with her son, Nolan, which she said made her feel empowered in a way she hadn’t before.

“I always think my latest work is my best work, because I am still developing my style (and) sound, but vocally, I know I gave this album more than any of the others, and that’s because of how close we’d all become over the years, and the intensity of me growing a human and momentum building all around us. These songs were the most representative of what we wanted our sound to be,” Hinote said.

Translating the album to a live performance was something that used to cause anxiety for Hinote, but now that she has so many shows under her belt, she revels in performing for a crowd.

“If I go too long without (a live show), something just starts to feel off,” Hinote said.

Between a day job and a newborn, Hinote is slowly easing back into songwriting. She predicts that The Blueflowers will release their fourth album sometime next year, and she is toying with the idea of releasing an album of children’s cover songs, just for fun.

When it comes to finding material for new songs, Hinote said most everything she writes about stems from relationships and maintaining connections with those around her.

“There are a lot of intricacies and intense moments in the day-to-day of human interaction, and I tend to write about those moments, whether they are mine or someone else’s,” Hinote said.

If you’re not particularly sure what “folk-noir” sounds like, keep this in mind: some of Hinote’s biggest musical influences include Patsy Cline, Neko Case, Elvis Presley and Sarah McLachlan.

While you may have to wait a little while for a new album from The Blueflowers, they’ll be out on the road playing several shows in the coming months. The band will perform an acoustic set on Friday, November 8 at The Dovetail in Warren, and on Friday, November 22, they will perform at The Elbo Room in Chicago—a dream come true for the band, since they’ve been trying to book a gig in Chicago for two years! The next month, they have a gig on Saturday, December 21 at the New Way Bar in Ferndale.

Since she and Hamera are new parents, Hinote said that their hectic schedule doesn’t allow for planning too far into the future, band-wise. While the first year has slowed them down a bit, they have no plans of stopping when it comes to their music. The band’s five-year bucket list includes playing a show in Nashville and one in New York City with their friends and fellow musicians, The Lost Patrol.

“We’re not trying to get signed or tour the world, though obviously we would love larger opportunities for exposure, so we enjoy and savor the little victories, like having our song in a local Chevy commercial, or getting asked to play a big show,” Hinote said, referencing The Blueflowers’ spot in the 2014 Chevy Impala commercial, where the band’s song “In Line With the Broken-Hearted” is featured.

“We’re very grateful for any success we have, even a good show where we sell a few CDs is exciting for us,” Hinote said.

If you enjoy retro, melodramatic, sometimes poppy music created by humble locals, you’re going to love The Blueflowers even more.