|Offbeat Magazine, New
Kiss Your Blues Away
Olga enlists bassists, drummers, even an accordion player, for
Kiss Yours Blues Away, a straight shot of sounds from New Orleans
to the Mississippi hills that wraps her singer/songwriter vibe around
a traditional blues pole. Inspired by Jessie Mae Hemphill and backed
by the heirs of some of the greatest blues ever performed, Olga
strays from solo into bandom with 13 original songs, mostly recorded
at WROX in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
We do get a glimpse of the old Olga, stripped down, woman and guitar
on two tracks, but when backed by a full band she really shines.
Verging on pop, "Keep it on the Down Low" retains a cranky
country edge, which Olga's vocals pervade. The first song, and title
track, set the stage for what is to come: groovy, mellow tunes with
meditative vocals and familiar rhythms you have never heard. You
expect this from an old Mississippi blues player, but considering
Olga comes from an Austrian lineage and was raised on the West Coast
it is surprising here. Olga has been hanging around with the right
people and it shows on this album.
-Brenda Lee Kozuch
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