Kiss Your Blues Away
Produced by Olga and Jimbo Mathus
Growing up, one of my favorite times of year was summer —
not because of the weather — but because every summer all
seven of my siblings and I would pack inside the biggest, most raggedy
station wagon I've ever seen (to this day) and head down to my granddad's
house in Nesbitt, Mississippi, for our annual family reunion.
The kids ate barbecued slaw dogs and whiting fish and played red
light/green light, and if we acted right, granddaddy would let us
ride one of the horses. The grown folks ate ribs and buffalo fish
while playing horseshoes and spades.
The best part about being in Nesbitt for me was walking barefoot
in that cold Mississippi grass. It seemed like the grass in Mississippi
had a different feel than grass anywhere else. I have tried many
times since I've been grown to find grass that feels like the grass
did in Nesbitt, but I am convinced that it was something about Mississippi.
Which brings me to Olga's album Kiss Your Blues Away. Olga's sound
has the ability to transport me from wherever I am, back to that
li'l' house in Nesbitt, back to that big backyard, with the horses
and the cows and the slaw dogs and, of course, that cold crisp grass
that seems like it was created with folks walking barefoot in mind.
Olga wrote all except one song on the 13-track album. The music
is mellow, which is typical of folk music. What makes Olga's sound
atypical is that she sustains the folk sound, without borrowing
the lashing-out, angry tone of other folk singers like Ani Difranco.
Olga sings about love and music and gets a little sassy with "Remind
Me Who I'm Talking To." But throughout the album, she establishes
a unique sound that isn't
comparable to any other artist.
by: Rosilyn Parashis August 2004,
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