Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
Mark Olson performed on Mountain Stage.
Mark Olson performed on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
- "Morning Dove"
- "Clifton Bridge"
- "Little Bird of Freedom"
- "Bee Hive"
- "Many Colored Kite"
Alternative country and folk veteran Mark Olson has performed on Mountain Stage twice before — most recently in 2001 with the Creekdippers alongside Victoria Williams, and first in 1995 with the pioneering band he helped co-found, The Jayhawks.
This was his first visit as a proper solo artist, backed by his longtime collaborator Mike "Razz" Russell on fiddle and Ray Woods on percussion. Olson delivers a brave and hauntingly melodic set, highlighted by his distinct and lovely voice. Olson plays a selection of songs from his most recent solo projects, Salvation Blues and Many Colored Kite. He closes with the title track of the latter, which features the Appalachian dulcimer in a way you've likely never heard before.
This segment originally ran on April 12, 2011.