Now on PBS
Saturday 11 June 2011
As a founding member and principal singer/songwriter of The Jayhawks, Mark Olson spent a decade at the front of the alt-country movement until leaving the band in 1995 for the California desert. While The Jayhawks were experimenting with pop and rock influences and earning mainstream appeal, Olson wanted to strip back down to the essentials. He formed The Creekdippers with then-wife Victoria, paring his brand of timeless folk down to a desert roots ramble. After a decade with The Creekdippers, Olson left the desert for the train cars of Europe, creating what would become his 2007 solo debut, The Salvation Blues, a poetic rumination on redemption that earned him comparisons to the likes of Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan.
Tune into 5ft High and Rising with Myles O'Neill Shaw 6-9am for a live set from Mark Olson.