In Scandinavia, they’ve been calling Olav Larsen the “out of nowhere star” as if he were a super nova that had suddenly appeared in the heavens.
Overnight sensation is another way to describe the impact he made with the release of a surprise debut CD that established him as a force to be reckoned with almost overnight.
When ‘Love’s Come To Town’ was unveiled on his home turf in Norway it seemed as if it woke some reviewers from a deep slumber. It earned more “wows” than any wonder of the world.
Olav got them all talking, and in the buzz generated, he has been compared to everyone from Ray Davies and Mark Olson to Lloyd Cole and Arlo Guthrie.
He’s a quirky songster with a light, effervescent touch and a gift for subtle touches in the studio.
His band is a barrelhouse of fun with fiddle, harmonica, banjo, pedal steel, piano, Telecaster, bass, accordion and dobro, all together tight and happy.
Olav was raised in the Norwegian port of Stavanger and introduced to his father’s collection of blues greats including Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson.
As he began to fine-tune his own tastes it was a healthy diet of Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes Van Zandt that he first feasted on before turning his attentions more recently to Bright Eyes and Howe Gelb.
Olav has spent the past few months rehearsing brand new material for his follow-up album and a release date in mid-2008 is envisaged.
These guys just love to play and there is always a sprinkling of material by others they admire in the set each time they perform. They have a heart-warming video slot called Songs We Wish Were Ours on Youtube, started “just for fun” and updated each month.
UK Americana mag, Maverick gave ‘Love’s Come To Town’ a 5-star review and predicted that Olav and his merry band would soon be pulling big crowds to the bigger venues.
released January 1, 2006
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