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Dennis Cook - JamBase - September 2011

Blues Babe Finder Her Pop Streak

Olga's New Album While known to serious blues aficionados, Olga is primed to reach a wider audience with her new album, Whatever You Want, a set that slots in neatly with the best contemporary work of Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt, an easy going glide that leaves one humming by the end of their first listen.

The album was written and recorded with Olga’s old friend Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and it is this pair who play the instruments and arranged the songs. They recorded in Water Valley, Mississippi at Emmy winning producer's Winn McElroy's studio and Winn co-produced, mixed and engineered the album. The album is a departure for both Olga and Dickinson, revealing different aspects of both artists and showing that even down ‘n’ dirty blues kids can wash up and play in the pop realm with aplomb.

"This record has been a process of finding my soul again and reminding myself of what I need to do with my life," Olga says. "It really took on a life of its own, quite naturally and unexpectedly, and I am thrilled with where it has led me."

Olga has three previous albums under her belt - Now Is The Time, Kiss Your Blues Away and Blues Babe - and all three albums elicited overwhelmingly positive reviews. Olga has shared the stage with talent such as Chris Isaak, Keb Mo, DJ Logic, Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers, Coco Robicheaux, Robert Randolph, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars, Papa Mali, JJ Grey & Mofro, Hobex, Maria Muldaur, The Lee Boys, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jim Dickinson, and Matt Abts of Gov't Mule. Olga has also performed with the Papa Leg Acoustic Duo in Italy for the past three years. Whatever You Want is available on iTunes and other online retailers everywhere.

-Dennis Cook's original JamBase.com article can be viewed Here



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