It will be a homecoming of sorts when Alternative Country/Americana artist, Mark Olson and his wife and musical partner Ingunn Ringvold will perform at the Cedar on 12/9. After all Minneapolis is his hometown and his work with the Jayhawks was one of the foundations of Americana. Tickets are still available HERE
Olson re-appears after a three year hiatus accompanied by his wife and musical collaborator Ingunn Ringvold to deliver “Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun”. The couple live in Joshua Tree, California and the album was written and recorded at their home. From the opening song the listener is greeted by Olson’s trademark wistful vocals and Ringvold’s harmonies which create the feeling of intimacy.
‘Spokeswoman’ is a lyrical and poetic album. Filled with gently strummed guitars, dulcimer, bass and mellotron the ambience is spacious and reflective and demonstrates Ringvold’s skills with string arrangements. This new album finds Mark Olson in a seemingly philosophical frame of mind. The relaxed and contemplative feel of the record asks big questions if its listeners. There is an economy about the album. Songs are short, uncomplicated yet inventive and without ever breaking sweat have that certain something that reflects the intimate and relaxed atmosphere in which they were recorded. The gentle hazy psychedelic country flavor of these songs leave you with the feeling that Olson, despite his musings, has found what life is all about.
11/28 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
11/30 Rye – Salt Lake City, UT
12/06 Des Moines Social Club – Des Moines, IA
12/07 The Blue Shop – Burlington, IA
12/08 CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA
12/09 The Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
12/14 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
12/16 Old Town School of Folk – Chicago, IL