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OLGA
NOW IS THE TIME
219records TNR1007

LOW BUDGET SUPERHERO MAGAZINE, September 2007

Olga

How does a classically trained Austrian girl living in San Francisco get to be so rooted in Mississippi blues? Olga, self-proclaimed “blues babe,” now calls Memphis home with her notoriously gifted husband, the snaggle-toothed genius Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers). Olgas latest CD, Now Is The Time, casually shifts from gritty and swamp-tinged (GDTRFB) to mainstream adult-contemporary (Gotta Keep Moving). Now Is The Time is almost presenting two Olgas -- the real blues babe and the one hoping for a radio hit. Of the two ends of the Olga spectrum, she is at her best when shes really feeling those whiskey-tinged storytelling blues that will never get mainstream airplay. I'd rather listen to the twangy (GDTRFB) ten times (that stands for Going Down The Road Feelin Bad) than listen to Gotta Keep Moving again, but the latter will likely make her a star while the former (and better song) becomes todays equivalent of a B-side. All told, this is great stuff. File next to Bonnie Raitt. And keep an eye on Olga, shes aiming to reinvent the blues for modern society, and so far, so good. (http://myspace.com/laolga) (Review date: July 7 2007)

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