Memphis-based artist, who is from San Francisco
and of Austrian descent, pours out heart and
soul like a native of the hill country of north
Mississippi, the nexus of her musical inspiration.
The lyrics are simple, clean and powerful like
the blues should be, and speak to truths to which
every listener will relate.
“Blues is the truth,” she
says. “Speak the truth and you’ll know
Classically trained in voice,
piano and violin, her musical mastery is obvious. What
is a pleasant surprise to the listener is the way
she is able to shape and mold an old musical tradition
into something that is uniquely hers while honoring
the traditions of countless blues predecessors.
Her early mentors, Maria Muldaur and Los Lobos,
laid the groundwork for her to understand how
to survive long-term in the business. Her blues
inspiration derives from Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bessie
Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Junior Kimbrough, Memphis
Minnie, and Peggy Lee. Their influence is
evident in both her performance and her songwriting
Critics agree. T. Speed of Honest
Tune magazine said that “it's a laid back
affair, with Mathus and his buddies providing a
remarkably adept backing band, and Olga's sultry
voice proving that the blues is really good time
music.” Silvano Brambilla of Italy’s
Il Blues says “Olga may represent a sort
of ‘new move’ on the blues chessboard.” The
album is a treat for blues aficionados and those
wanting something new and exciting to add to their
listening repertoire. Olga’s new album, Now
Is The Time, is available in retail stores, on
iTunes, and from her website at www.laolga.com.
Olga has shared the stage in recent times with
Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, North Mississippi Allstars,
Robert Randolph, Jimbo Mathus, Michael Franti,
Mofro, Papa Mali, DJ Logic, Jim Dickinson...