Kristina Olsen is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers
on the international folk circuit. A superb multi-instrumentalist
(acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina and
piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big raw velvet
voice, and now a book author, Kristina has audiences around the world
coming back for more. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy
bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as
well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying
musical experience, on stage and on disc.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Haight-Ashbury during the 1960's,
Kristina's approach to music and life was formed by that environment of
vital cultural expression, social activism and diverse musical
influences. She now calls Venice Beach, Los Angeles home but rarely
sees it from touring ten months a year.
The "Chemistry" CD is Olsen's most
recent release lets the guitar shine with a collection of original songs
recorded with Pete Snell on a halfling guitar, half arch-top half flat
top. Pete has toured on guitar with Lyle Lovett among other luminaries.
"They Paid us in Tub Time" is an enhanced eBook
with 20 songs interspersed throughout which is being released in May
2012. In 1999 "The Truth of a Woman" was released
and was one of the top CDs surveyed in folk airplay. In 1998 'Duet' was
released in Australia, a CD of duets between Olsen and Australian
cellist Peter Grayling. In the previous six years Olsen released four
critically acclaimed CDs on the Philo/Rounder label.
Such respected artists as Eric Bibb, Fairport Convention, Maddy Prior,
Mary Coughlan and Mollie O'Brien have covered and recorded
songs by Olsen. Olsen has also worked as a session musician on numerous
artist's albums including playing the hammered dulcimer on
Michelle Shocked's album "Short Sharp Shocked" on PolyGram
and toured as Mary Coughlan's guitarist in 2005 and 2007.
Olsen has performed as a multi-instrumentalist in plays for the Mark
Taper Forum in Los Angeles' Music Center. Olsen won the
Kerrville Song writing award her song for battered women, "I'm Keeping
This Life of Mine."