One of the never-ending debates in americana centres around whether Gary Louris or Mark Olson was the true lifeblood of the Jayhawks, with most people coming down in the former camp but me, I’ve always had a soft spot for Olson and thought the understatement of some of his early albums in particular (with the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers) was just exquisite. Hey, we even gave a 10 to an album ‘Political Manifest’ which appears to have been scrubbed from history now – hopefully they haven’t reconciled with GW. Anyhoo, ‘Meeting in Lone Pine’ with its fractured harmony vocals from Victoria Williams is spine-tinglingly lovely. Taken from 2000’s ‘My Own Jo Ellen’ which is crazily 20 years old, older indeed than this website.
We’re delighted to be able to premiere the new album today from americana legend Mark Olson. “Spokeswoman of The Bright Sun” comes out on 1st September 2017 (that’s tomorrow, date fans) and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Good-bye Lizelle” which we said nice things about 3 years back. Recorded during the summer of last year (remember how simple life felt then? Actually we had just had Brexit so maybe not…), Mark explains “I think that the secret to making a unique album [is] keeping the momentum of the writing and part learning of the song as you move towards the final takes”. Continue reading “AUK album premiere: Mark Olson “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun” – Listen”