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Many Colored Kite (Deluxe Version)

Mark Olson

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An integral member of the original Jayhawks, who have grown in stature and influence within the alt-country community, Mark Olson brings much of his personal life to whatever he sings. 2007’s The Salvation Blues was the sound of a heart-broken man. 2008’s Ready For the Flood,a reunion with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, had the sound of two friends re-finding their yin and yang. 2010’s Many Colored Kite is the sound of a man who’s come all the way back. “Little Bird of Freedom” is a full-band workout, but “Morning Dove” is the kind of sparse country-folk tune that is Olson’s most gripping device. His voice is meant for rustic times and it clings to every melodic contour. The country harmonies of the title track, the loping country ensemble playing on “Bluebell Song” and the sparsely orchestrated “Beehive” exhibit Olson’s range. “Your Life Beside Us” offers Olson’s vision of country music, a music not dependent on the shine of slick guitar leads and swooping pedal-steel guitars, but one rich with aching harmonies where memory is pressed into service to make a new moment greater.  

Customer Reviews

Like the Go-Betweens...

...Like Robert needed Grant and vice versa, Marks needs Gary and Gary needs Mark. They both need Karen, Marc and Tim. This record really makes me wish the Jayhawks would get back together and put out something amazing.


Born: September 18, 1961 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1995, Mark Olson left the Jayhawks after a stormy decade of mounting success and ventured out on his own to continue pursuing his vision of honest, earthy Americana music. The Jayhawks pushed on without Olson and, helmed by new chief songwriter Gary Louris, the band headed off into more pop-oriented territory. Rather than shop for a new label and do it all over again, Olson decided on a more independent route: to simply make the music he wanted to make and sell it himself. With the help of his...
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