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Have Harmony, Will Travel
     

Have Harmony, Will Travel

by Carla Olson
 

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Over the last decade, singer and songwriter Carla Olson has kept busy as a record producer on both sides of the Atlantic, helming sessions by Joe Louis Walker, Phil Upchurch, and Chubby Tavares, among others, as well as touring with her own band. Her return to recording is

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Over the last decade, singer and songwriter Carla Olson has kept busy as a record producer on both sides of the Atlantic, helming sessions by Joe Louis Walker, Phil Upchurch, and Chubby Tavares, among others, as well as touring with her own band. Her return to recording is, at least on surface level, a curious one. Olson's desire to cut a duet record has been germinating for decades, but the time was never right until now. She rounded up a host of friends, bandmates, and some of her favorite singers for Have Harmony, Will Travel. Though there isn't a weak cut in bunch, there are some soaring highlights. Opener "You Can Come Cryin' to Me" with Juice Newton (and killer fuzzy lap steel from Cindy Cashdollar) is a case in point. Newton's high alto is still rich and full in the harmony and Olson gets right under the grain of the lyric. The pair also delivers a fine rendition of James Intveld's "Stringin' Me On." Olson and Peter Case team on Del Shannon's "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)." The crackling energy and dramatic longing in the songwriter's lyric are beautifully delivered, and Case's lead guitar work stings, to boot. Gene Clark's "She Don't Care About Time" is a song close to Olson's heart -- she was the late songwriter's duet and recording partner. This reading with Richie Furay up front, fueled Richard Podolor's gorgeous mandolin and former Byrd John York's electric 12-string (which reprises Roger McGuinn's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" solo in the break), is near awe-inspiring. Olson understands the truth in a song no matter how obscure. She and Gary Myrick deliver Chris Jagger's moving "Still Waters" with passion and swagger. She and York prove excellent singing partners on both Paul Kennerley's tender, broken love song "The First in Line" and P.F. Sloan's pop
ock anthem "Upon a Painted Ocean." Case makes a return appearance in a slippery, breezy reading of Moby Grape's "8:05." Set closer "Til the Rivers All Run Dry" is a Pozo-Seco Singers nugget (written by Don Williams) delivered beautifully by Rob Waller up front with Olson bringing the harmony. It ends the set by seamlessly melding folk, rock, and country. Have Harmony, Will Travel is a welcome return for Olson, but that's not all. With its direct, kinetic production, compelling song choices, and inspired performances, it is a blueprint for future duet recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
Label:
Busted Flat
UPC:
0700175736130
catalogNumber:
67

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Performance Credits

Carla Olson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Juice Newton   Vocals
Peter Case   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Barry Goldberg   Piano,Hammond B3
Richie Furay   Vocals
Clem Burke   Drums
Cindy Cashdollar   Lap Steel Guitar
Skip Edwards   Piano
Tom Fillman   Drums
James Intveld   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tony Marsico   Bass
Richard Podolor   Mandolin,Guitar (Nylon String)
Rick Hemmert   Drums
Pat Robinson   Bass,Piano
Top Ten   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mike Clinco   Guitar (Nylon String)
Rob Waller   Vocals
Tom Junior Morgan   Saxophone
John York   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Gregg Sutton   Bass

Technical Credits

Ian Tyson   Inspiration
Don Williams   Composer
Joan Baez   Inspiration
Mimi Fariña   Inspiration
P.F. Sloan   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Don Everly   Inspiration
Phil Everly   Inspiration
Chris Jagger   Composer
Susan Taylor   Inspiration
Mary Travers   Inspiration
Peter Yarrow   Inspiration
Carla Olson   Producer,Liner Notes
Radney Foster   Composer
Richard Fariña   Inspiration
Jon Emery   Engineer
Judy Roderick   Inspiration
Sylvia Tyson   Inspiration
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Jim Glover   Inspiration
Wayland Holyfield   Composer
James Intveld   Composer
Bob Johnston   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
John Macy   Engineer
Jerry Miller   Composer
Marty Rifkin   Engineer
Don Stevenson   Composer
Steven Van Zandt   Composer
Saul Davis   Album Concept
Mikal Reid   Engineer
Lofton Kline   Inspiration
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Paul Stookey   Inspiration
Jean Ray   Inspiration

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