Beyond Kid Rock, in a solo space
Guitarist Kenny Olson is bringing it all back home
Published: December 14, 2011
Olson is playing a homecoming show on December 29 in celebration of the release of the debut, self-titled and self-released album from the Kenny Olson Cartel. It's a tremendous album featuring a core band and guest musicians. The likes of Detroit's Brandon Calhoon, Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Billy Cox (Hendrix) show up in places, but it is the guitar work of Olson on what is essentially a blues-rock album, plus the strength of the song writing, that makes the album such a beast. Olson is predictably happy with it. "There's a little bit of everything for everybody on it," he said. "It's definitely rockin', but it has some soulful roots to it. In general, I think I'm pretty happy with it."
So what can we expect from the show? "I have a majorly rocking show planned," Olson said. "There will be different special guests coming up too. I'm excited to come home, bring this band to the stage at the Magic Bag, and have everyone come out and see what we've got. I think everyone's gonna have a good time. A lot of the guys that are playing with me are from Detroit too. My bass player's a Detroiter, one of my singers is from Detroit, my drummer is originally from Detroit too. My bass player still lives in Detroit. Brandon Calhoon goes back and forth between Nashville and Detroit. My drummer was born and raised in Detroit until he was a teenager and then he lived in Memphis. The other guys in the band is from Chicago. Peter Keys is from Detroit. Everyone in my band but one is either in Detroit or from Detroit. We're all down in Tennessee but it's a Motor City band."
Olson pauses, then concluded with, "There's a natural Detroit-rooted sound in the band."
The Kenny Olson Cartel self-titled album is released at the, ahem, release show. That takes place on Dec. 29 at the Magic Bag; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 249-544-3030.
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