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Kristina Olsen Recordings

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Kristina Olsen – Sweet Stillness (2016)

Track Listing

  1. Sweet Stillness
  2. Big Leg Blues
  3. There Is a Bird
  4. Don’t Wake My Love
  5. Room for Three
  6. The Return of Gravity
  7. Did You See My Friend
  8. Flowers of the Wild
  9. Sometimes
  10. Waited to Find This
Take A Break Productions (2016). Featuring Bill Coon.

With topics as diverse as menage a trois, a gentle acceptance of death, the ponderings of the return to gravity from fantasy, and the view of a fast world from under a front porch. And of course new love, but from the perspective of an old body. And a blues about big thighs. Fresh, weird and familiar all at the same time. Just like this world we are in!

Kristina Olsen – Chemistry (2014)

Track Listing

  1. Maybe Better
  2. Tango Flood
  3. Chemistry
  4. I Forgive Myself
  5. Pre-Heat The Oven
  6. You Blow My World Apart
  7. In This Ancient Game
  8. Listening To Your Mouth
  9. Live Man In The Dead of Night
  10. Practicing Walking Away
Take A Break Productions (2014). Featuring Pete Snell

“Playing music with Pete is like opening the gate to a race horse. There is no musical style that can stump him and he seems to revel in musical challenges!”

Take A Break Productions (2012). Memoir of Kristina Olsen.

Kristina Olsen – They Paid Us in Tub Time (2012)

Track Listing

  1. Sometimes It’s Enough
  2. New Love
  3. More Fun Than You
  4. If I Stayed
  5. It’s Your Go Find It
  6. How I Love This Tango
  7. My Father’s Piano
  8. In Your Darkened Room
  9. Prayer Flags
  10. The Truth of a Woman
  11. When You Came to Me
  12. A Good Friend Like You
  13. Your Other Arm Was Pointing
  14. I’m Keeping This Life of Mine
  15. Cry You a Waterfall
  16. Look Out
  17. I Can Not Live Without You
  18. In the Unlikely Event of Rain
  19. Don’t Wake My Love

Take A Break Productions (2012).

These are the songs that are imbedded in her memoir ‘They Paid Us in Tub Time‘ now available for download. Ten of the songs have never been recorded before and nine are new arrangements of Kristina’s songs

Kristina Olsen – Quiet Blue (2008)

Track Listing

  1. Something Tells Me
  2. Hey Did You Ever
  3. That’s a Secret I’ll Keep
  4. Move On
  5. Quiet Blue
  6. I Had Never Been Out of the Ghetto
  7. Loves to Let Him Ride
  8. You’ll Spoil My Chances
  9. Fixing Up the House
  10. Mr. Right Now
  11. Pirate
  12. This Old Train
  13. Didn’t Think it Would Happen
  14. Tonight

Take A Break Productions TAB 2011 (2008).

Kristina’s Long-Promised Blues CD!
Recorded live in studio in northern New South Wales, Australia with mandolinist Al Hughes and drummer Scott Hills.

Kristina Olsen – In Your Darkened Room (2004)

Track Listing

  1. It All Gets So Peaceful
  2. A Bruxa
  3. State of Grace
  4. In Your Darkened Room
  5. Michael and Julia
  6. The Cloak
  7. Bown’s Lament
  8. Jenny Pearl
  9. Proximity
  10. Three Circus 3
  11. Time to Let Go
Take A Break Productions TAB 2010 (2004).

In Your Darkened Room’s basic tracks were recorded on Kristina’s friend Alison’s organic farm in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia & features Peter Grayling (cello, mandolin), Paul Elliott (Violin), George Butrumlis (accordion), Ed Johnson (harmony vocals).

Kristina Olsen – All Over Down Under (2001)

Track Listing

First Set

  1. Fallen Bicycle
  2. Hey I Want That Back
  3. Portsoaken
  4. The One That Didn’t Get Away
  5. Dance Camp
  6. How I Love This Tango
  7. Sweet William
  8. Peter’s Introduction
  9. Raphael & Hillary
  10. Thanksgiving
  11. Thankful
  12. Willson’s Promontory
  13. Tony’s Sax
  14. Lesbian Dream
  15. Last Night
  16. Projectionist Job
  17. Taste of Summer
  18. The Weekend is Here

Second Set

  1. Life Drawing
  2. Truth of a Woman
  3. Touring England
  4. The Man with the Bright Red Car
  5. TV Free America
  6. Better Than TV

Take A Break Productions TAB 2009 (2002).

All Over Down Under was recorded live during a week of concerts in March 2000 in Australia with Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, concertina, sax & vocals), Peter Grayling(cello, mandolin), George Butrumlis (accordion).

Kristina Olsen – The Truth of a Woman (1999)

Track Listing

  1. Spend the Whole Night With You
  2. The Truth of a Woman
  3. Rainy Night in Chinatown
  4. The Yellow Piper
  5. Phoebe’s Iceberg
  6. Part Time Love
  7. Headlights on the Highway
  8. If I Stayed
  9. I am Ashamed
  10. Between this Woman and this Man
  11. Big O

Take A Break Productions TAB 2009 (1999).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, hammered dulcimer, concertina, vocals & pizza box!)
Peter Grayling (cello, mandocello, mandolin & harmony vocals).

Kristina Olsen and Peter Grayling – Duet (1997)

Track Listing

  1. The Night He Left
  2. Already Gone
  3. I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend
  4. Stay in Love With You
  5. Heart Hill
  6. Eight Short Minutes
  7. Pillow Talk
  8. The Three Bears
  9. A Good Friend Like You
  10. Uh Huh
  11. Brownsville
  12. My Father’s Piano
  13. I Cannot Live Without You
  14. Live Intro
  15. Wish You’d Stop Doing So Well
  16. Battleplan
  17. Keep Left
Take A Break Productions KOPGCD01 (1998).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, concertina, piano, sax & vocals), Peter Grayling (cello, mandocello & harmony vocals).

Kristina Olsen – Live from Around the World (1997)

Track Listing

  1. Walking Blues
  2. Love, Kristina
  3. Folding Bicycle
  4. Hurry on Home
  5. Roomates
  6. The Kind of Mood I’m In
  7. If I Could Tell You
  8. Dangerous
  9. In My Arms
  10. Proposal
  11. Live Man in the Dead of Night
  12. Something to Despise
  13. Guitar Camp
  14. Your Little Brother Sure Can Dance
  15. Gay Friends
  16. The Power of Loving You
  17. Prop. 187
  18. Maria
  19. Alaska
  20. Come On in My Kitchen
  21. T.V Free America
  22. Better Than T.V
  23. Gila National Forest
  24. Cry You a Waterfall

Philo/Rounder PH1195 (1997).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, piano & vocals), Nina Gerber (guitar), Ed Johnson & Kim Scanlon (harmony vocals), Al Petteway (guitar).

Kristina Olsen – Hurry on Home (1995)

Track Listing

  1. Hurry on Home
  2. Angel of Death
  3. The Man with the Bright Red Car
  4. I Don’t Care What You Say
  5. Love is a Sometimes Thing
  6. It Feels So Good To Be Free
  7. He’s Still in Love With You
  8. Love isn’t Safe
  9. Uh Huh
  10. My World Falls Away
  11. I Just Want You to Hold Me

Philo/Rounder PH1175 (1995).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody guitar, concertina & vocals), Nina Gerber (guitar), Ed Johnson, Kim ScanlonPaul Kamm (harmony vocals), Cary Black (bass), Jim Rothermel (sax), Joe Craven (percussion, bike bell ratchet, fiddlecase, mouth hat & bongo), Nova Devonie (accordion), Kris Yenney (cello), Kurt Rhode (viola), Paul van Wageningen (drums, pizza box & accordion case), John R. Burr (keyboards), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Keith Allen (electric guitar), Barbara Higbie (piano), Sally van Meter (dobro), Richard Howell (sax).

Kristina Olsen – Love Kristina (1993)

Track Listing

  1. How Can You Think That I Don’t Know
  2. Little Failings
  3. Hard Day Yesterday
  4. Your Little Brother Sure Can Dance
  5. If I Could Tell You
  6. Love, Kristina
  7. Keeping This Life of Mine
  8. Five Year Old
  9. Lucky
  10. The Power of Loving You
  11. This Bed Of Ours
  12. Live Man in the Dead of Night

Philo/Rounder PH1157 (1993).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, concertina & vocals), Nina Gerber (guitar), Cary Black (bass, harmony vocals), Joe Craven (percussion, talking drum, fiddlecase, mouth hat), Barbara Higbie (piano & harmony vocals), Ed Johnson, Gary MankinTeresa Trull (harmony vocals), Kris Yenney (cello), Laurie Lewis (hardingfele & harmony vocals), Richard Howell (sax), Tim Hockenberry (trombone).

Track Listing

  1. How Can You Think That I Don’t Know
  2. Little Failings
  3. Hard Day Yesterday
  4. Your Little Brother Sure Can Dance
  5. If I Could Tell You
  6. Love, Kristina
  7. Keeping This Life of Mine
  8. Five Year Old
  9. Lucky
  10. The Power of Loving You
  11. This Bed Of Ours
  12. Live Man in the Dead of Night
Philo/Rounder PH1147 (1992).

With Kristina Olsen (guitar, steelbody slide guitar, concertina, hammered dulcimer, piano, sax & vocals), Nina Gerber (guitar), Cary Black (bass), Ed JohnsonChris Webster (harmony vocals), Vicki Randle (percussion), Alison Chesley (cello), Jim Rothermel (sax), Barbara Higbie (piano), Norton Buffalo (harmonica).

Kristina Olsen – Cupid is Stupid (1985)

Track Listing

Side One

  1. My Father’s Piano
  2. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
  3. A Good Friend Like You
  4. Breaking All The Laws
  5. Here & Now Forever
  6. I’m Keeping This Life of Mine

Side Two

  1. Cupid is Stupid
  2. The Last Time You Said GoodBye
  3. Capser, Wyoming
  4. I’m Not That Kind of Girl
  5. Headlights on the Highway
  6. My Sisters My Brothers

Cupid is Stupid (1985)

With Kristina Olsen and the Loose String Band.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Freeway Lover
  2. Love is a Sometimes Thing
  3. Someplace to Put it
  4. Insomniac’s Lullaby
  5. Mother of Peril

Side Two

  1. It Don’t Take Too Much
  2. In My Arms Again
  3. This Old Train
  4. Three Little Bears
  5. Maria

It Don’t Take Too Much (1982)