One of the Impound’s absolute favorite discoveries in the past few years is Nicki Bluhm and her fab band The Gramblers. We have crushes on both the lovely, oh-so-easy to like Ms. Bluhm and her slide-wise lead guitarist Deren Ney, a love that stems from the abiding rightness and goodness of the rock ‘n’ countrified soul they play. Nicki’s debut, Toby’s Song (review), was an attention grabbing salvo but fine as it is, the forthcoming follow-up Driftwood (out February 1 on Reapandsow) cements Bluhm’s place as one of the best women in rock today. Driftwood is seriously addictive and has such a well-crafted, easy glide and end-to-end craftsmanship that it’s hard to imagine someone not diggin’ it. Seriously, we might really question your taste if this one doesn’t float your boat. Nicki has released this preview video and two cuts from Driftwood, “Carousel” and “Before You Loved Me” are streaming at her website, where the album can be pre-ordered.