Have Harmony, Will Travel

Have Harmony, Will Travel is an album by singer and songwriter Carla Olson. It was released by Busted Flat Records on April 30, 2013 and marked Olson's first studio album since her 2001 release The Ring of Truth (in between she and her band, the Textones, had produced Detroit 85: Live and Unreleased, a live album released in 2008).[1][2]

Have Harmony, Will Travel
Full length shot of a blonde haired woman in western attire against a red background
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)
GenreRoots rock, Americana
Length43:52
LabelBusted Flat
ProducerCarla Olson
Carla Olson chronology
Detroit 85: Live and Unreleased
(2008)
Have Harmony, Will Travel
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

OverviewEdit

Carla Olson desire to cut a duet record had been in development for several decades.[1] In an interview with journalist Mike Ragogna she stated:

Several years ago, I was in between production projects, which is what I mainly do. I haven't done a studio album in a long time, mainly because I've been working at producing. One day I just thought, "Well, I'm in between projects. Maybe I should try to start something." I approached a couple of people about doing a duet album, one of them being Peter Case, who I’ve known since the '70s, and he said, "Yeah, I’d love to."[3]

Olson then rounded up a host of her friends and bandmates as well as some of her favorite singers.[1] Among these were Juice Newton, who duets with Olson in "You Can Come Cryin' to Me", the album's opening track, and "Stringin' Me On". Olson and Peter Case team on the Del Shannon tune "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)" and on Moby Grape's "8:05".[1] Initially, Olson was to have performed "8:05" with her recording partner, Gene Clark, but he died before the recording was made.[3] "She Don't Care About Time", a song written by Clark, was performed with Richie Furay.[1]

In his review of the album music critic Thom Jurek stated:

Though there isn't a weak cut in bunch, there are some soaring highlights It ends the set by seamlessly melding folk, rock, and country. Have Harmony, Will Travel is a welcome return for Olson, but that's not all. With its direct, kinetic production, compelling song choices, and inspired performances, it is a blueprint for future duet recordings.[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet withLength
1."You Can Come Cryin’ To Me"Radney FosterJuice Newton4:52
2."Look What You’ve Done"Wes Farrell, Bob JohnstonRob Waller3:21
3."Love’s Made a Fool Of You"Buddy Holly, Bob MontgomeryJames Intveld2:28
4."Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun)"Del ShannonPeter Case2:36
5."Still Waters"Chris JaggerGary Myrick4:35
6."She Don’t Care About Time"Gene ClarkRichie Furay2:54
7."All I Needed Was You"Steven Van ZandtScott Kempner5:22
8."The First In Line"Paul KennerleyJohn York3:23
9."Stringin’ Me On"James IntveldJuice Newton4:08
10."Upon a Painted Ocean"P. F. SloanJohn York3:40
11."8:05"Jerry Miller, Don StevensonPeter Case2:45
12."Til The Rivers All Run Dry"Wayland Holyfield, Don WilliamsRob Waller3:48

PersonnelEdit

  • Carla Olson – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
  • Peter Case – featured artist, acoustic, rhythm and electric guitar, vocals
  • Richie Furay – featured artist, vocals
  • James Intveld – featured artist, electric guitar, vocals
  • Scott Kempner – featured artist, rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Gary Myrick – featured artist
  • Juice Newton – primary artist, vocals
  • Rob Waller – featured artist, vocals
  • John York – 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Clem Burke – drums
  • Cindy Cashdollar – lap steel guitar
  • Mike Clinco – nylon string guitar
  • Skip Edwards – piano
  • Tom Fillman – drums
  • Barry Goldberg – Hammond B3, piano
  • Rick Hemmert – drums
  • Tony Marsico – bass
  • Tom Junior Morgan – saxophone
  • Richard Podolor – nylon string guitar, mandolin
  • Marty Rifkin – pedal steel guitar
  • Pat Robinson – bass, piano
  • Gregg Sutton – bass

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jurek, Thom. Review of Have Harmony, Will Travel at AllMusic. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Discography of Carla Olson at AllMusic. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Ragogna, Mike (June 28, 2013). "Have Harmony, Will Travel: A Conversation With Carla Olson, Plus a Koji and Run For Cover Exclusive". The Blog. Huffington Post. Retrieved November 1, 2016.