At 61 years of age Carla Olson remains true to her love of rock and roll which swept her off her feet in Texas in the sixties and seventies.
A founder of the critically acclaimed roots rock band The Textones, Olson has carved out a career and created a discography that stand as reminders that this singer-songwriter, bandleader and producer was no flash in the pan.
Along with a string of fine solo albums Olson has successfully partnered through the years with artists such as Byrds founder Gene Clark and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor for studio sessions that embraced everything from classic country-folk duets to full throttle rock and roll.
As a producer Olson has guided projects by jazz guitarist Phil Upchurch and sessions with British bluesman Paul Jones of Manfred Mann fame, to name a couple.
photo: Markus Cuff
Her latest album, Have Harmony Will Travel, finds her in the company of friends and peers such as Peter Case, Buffalo Springfield and Poco founder Richie Furay, latter day Byrd John York, and Juice Newton.
Songs from Have Harmony Will Travel and choice cuts from various chapters of Olson's career will find their way into our conversation with Olson on Points North Sunday Dec. 8 and Tuesday Dec. 10.