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Carla Olson - Have Harmony, Will Travel - Busted Flat Records

by Thom Jurek

Over the last decade, singer and songwriter Carla Olson has kept busy as a record producer on both sides of the Atlantic, helming sessions by Robert Cray and Chubby Tavares, among others, as well as touring with her own band. Her return to recording is, at least on surface level, a curious one. Olson's desire to cut a duet record has been germinating for decades, but the time was never right until now. She rounded up a host of friends, bandmates, and some of her favorite singers for Have Harmony, Will Travel. Though there isn't a weak cut in bunch, there are some soaring highlights. Opener “You Can Come Cryin' to Me” with Juice Newton (and killer fuzzy lap steel from Cindy Cashdollar) is a case in point. Newton's high alto is still rich and full in the harmony and Olson gets right under the grain of the lyric. The pair also delivers a fine rendition of James Intveld's “Stringin' Me On.” Olson and Peter Case team on Del Shannon's “Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun).” The crackling energy and dramatic longing in the songwriter's lyric are beautifully delivered, and Case's lead guitar work stings, to boot. Gene Clark's “She Don't Care About Time” is a song close to Olson's heart, as Clark was the late songwriter's duet and recording partner

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”a voice like a clarion call,” Falling James, L.A. Weekly

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