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Kristina Olsen
Kristina Olson
Kristina Olsen, a musician well known on the folk club and coffeehouse circuit, was born in San Francisco and grew up in Haight-Ashbury during the `60s. Her exposure to this fertile bed of counter cultural expression, social activism and the period's diverse musical influences laid the foundation for her music. After living in various locales all over California, Olsen settled in Venice, famous for, among other qualities, its stimulating environment for artists. Here Kristina self-produced two albums containing the fruits of her early songwriting efforts during the `80s. Kristina began touring at the very start of her career, and her love for music truly comes alive during her in-person performances. Initially playing only intermittently in the clubs and coffeehouses throughout America where singer/songwriters have honed their craft for decades, Kristina has been welcomed back to these same clubs -- along with literally hundreds of other venues here and abroad -- to ever increasing and always appreciative audiences. (She's on the road some 10 months a year!) Olsen won the New Folk songwriting contest at the prestigious Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival in 1985. That weekend, Kristina met Michelle Shocked and was asked to play hammer dulcimer on Michelle's Polygram debut, Short Sharp Shocked. July 1992 marked the release of Kristina's debut, Kristina Olsen, on Philo Records , Rounder Records' singer/songwriter label and a part of the Rounder Records Group.

Philo released its second Kristina Olsen recording, Love, Kristina (Philo 1157), in August of '93. This album clearly demonstrates Kristina's strength in handling sweeter, jazz-inspired sounds as well as the tough, bittersweet bottleneck blues that has become her trademark. The fall of '93 also saw Kristina -- along with several other established Philo artists -- embarking on a historic national tour in celebration of Philo Records' twentieth anniversary. In the summer of 1995 Kristina Olsen released her third album, Hurry on Home (Philo 1175), which contains 11 new original songs. Kristina has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She's played many prominent and celebrated music venues, including: the Bottom Line (New York), Passim (Boston), McCabe's Guitar Shop (Los Angeles), Backstage (Seattle), Cactus Cafe (Austin), Birchmere (Washington, D.C.), the Edinburgh Folk Festival (Scotland) and the Strawberry Music Festival (California). Not long ago, Olsen added appearances in Hong Kong and at the Maleny Folk Festival (Australia) to her performance resume. She's performed with such premiere national and international folk artists as John Gorka, Christine Lavin,David Wilcox, Patty Larkin, Loudon Wainwright III, Clive Gregson, Jonathan Edwards and many others.

   
 

Truth of a Woman
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Live From Around The World
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Live From Around The World
Better Than TV
In My Arms Again

 

Hurry On Home
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Hurry On Home
Uh Huh

 

 

Love, Kristina
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Love, Kristina
Little Failings

 

 

Kristina Olsen
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Kristina Olson
Look Out

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


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