Have Harmony, Will Travel

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Busted Flat
  • UPC: 700175736130
  • Catalog Number: 67
  • Sales rank: 88,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can Come Cryin' To Me (4:52)
  2. 2 Look What You've Done - Rob Waller (3:21)
  3. 3 Love's Made a Fool of You - James Intveld (2:28)
  4. 4 Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun) (2:36)
  5. 5 Still Waters (4:35)
  6. 6 She Don't Care About Time (2:54)
  7. 7 All I Needed Was You - Scott Kempner (5:22)
  8. 8 The First In Line - John York (3:23)
  9. 9 Stringin' Me On (4:08)
  10. 10 Upon a Painted Ocean - John York (3:40)
  11. 11 8:05 (2:45)
  12. 12 'til the Rivers All Run Dry - Rob Waller (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carla Olson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Scott Kempner Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tony Marsico Bass
Richard Podolor Mandolin, Guitar (Nylon String)
Rick Hemmert Drums
Pat Robinson Bass, Piano
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
Cory Barnes Mastering
Bob Montgomery Composer
Paul Stookey Inspiration
Jean Ray Inspiration
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