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Have Harmony Will Travel

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Have Harmony Will Travel
Have Harmony Will Travel


Carla Olson's new album, "Have Harmony, Will Travel", consists of twelve songs written by various writers and each recording features a guest vocalist (Including Peter Case, Juice Newton, Richie Furay A.O.). Carla's track by track notes in the CD's booklet gives some insight into how this album was created but why is also of interest. Basically the record is a tip of the hat to those that inspired her in her youth. And even when the song itself is of newer vintage the concept was still to revisit a more innocent and youthful approach to music. "I love this song, let's cut it" is how Carla put it as the song list began to take shape. Taking a few steps backwards, Carla has had a long and varied career. She moved to Los Angeles from Austin, Texas with her pal Kathy Valentine. Their rockin' new wave era band, the Textones, released a few records, a 45 and an EP, to be specific. Then Kathy departed and Carla continued. A later edition of the band saw the release of their first album, Midnight Mission, and caused quite a stir. It features guest vocals by Gene Clark of the Byrds and Don Henley of the Eagles and Ry Cooder on slide guitar. Also included was a theretofore unreleased Bob Dylan song, Clean Cut Kid, which he gave her as a thank you for appearing in his first ever video, Sweetheart Like You. Two Textones videos were on MTV, the band was in a film, Real Genius with Val Kilmer, their songs were in four movies. Things looked pretty good in those heady days. Flash forward a few years and Carla recorded a duet with Gene Clark, So Rebellious A Lover. Another critical success and what many feel was his last hurrah sad to say. (It features a few of his best ever songs: Gypsy Rider and Del Gato both of which Willie Nelson really needs to record!) Another Rock & Rock Hall Of Famer also cut an album with Carla - Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones. Their Too Hot For Snakes disc recorded live at the Roxy in West Hollywood is a loud powerful rocking affair one of the highlights of which is a seven minute version of the Jagger / Taylor classic Sway. (Mick also appeared on Carla's studio recordings over the next decade: Within An Ace, Reap The Whirlwind, The Ring Of Truth.) Carla is also known as an accomplished songwriter having been covered by Percy Sledge, written with George Green (John Mellencamp's only major and regular co-writer), had songs in films and TV shows, most recently in Eastbound And Down.


  1. Name
  2. You Can Come Crying To Me (with Juice Newton & Rob Waller)
  3. Look What You've Done (with Juice Newton & Rob Waller)
  4. Love's Made A Fool Of You (with James Intveld)
  5. Keep Searchin' (with Peter Case)
  6. Still Waters (with Gary Myrick)
  7. She Don't Care About Me (with Richie Furay)
  8. All I Needed Was You (with Scott Kempner)
  9. First In Line (with John York)
  10. Stringin' Me On (with Juice Newton)
  11. Upon A Painted Ocean (with John York)
  12. 8:05 (with Peter Case)
  13. Till The Rivers All Run Dry (with Juice Newton & Rob Waller)
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