Best known for his alt country sound with the band he founded, the Jayhawks, Mark Olson has continued to make great music. He left the band in 1995, but not before they released four great records, including two classics, Hollywood Town Hall ('92) and Tomorrow The Green Grass ('95) on American Recordings. Since then Olson relocated to the Joshua Tree desert and started The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers (OHRCD), along with his wife, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Victoria Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Mike "Razz" Russell. Together they've released three independent recordings on Creek Records, Mark's own label: OHRCD ('97); Pacific Coast Rambler ('98) and Zola & the Tulip Tree ('99).
The rich mixture of country, gospel, folk & blues throughout My Own Jo Ellen reflects upon Mark's namesake grandmother who introduced him to culture and the countryside, and to whom he attributes his artistic inspiration. Political rumblings are heard on "Meeting In Lone Pine," abo....... more