Mark Olson – “Morning Dove”
Mark Olson formed The Jayhawks in 1985 with guitarist Gary Louris. The Minneapolis-based band released their eponymous debut in 1986. The band’s run lasted about 10 years before Olson quit the band to look after his ailing wife. At the beginning of last decade, Olson began releasing material under his own name, maintaining that country/roots feel reminiscent of his work with The Jayhawks.
In 2008, Olson got together with Louris for a second run, releasing Ready for the Flood, which was produced by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. The album received favorable reviews and led to Olson’s latest solo effort, Many Colored Kite, a record that Pop Matters called, “a deceptively unassuming gem of an album that should satisfy old fans and new converts alike.”
“Morning Dove” has been said to have more in common with indie-alt-harpist Joanna Newsom than Gram Parsons (likely because of the complex structure and wandering melodies), but Olson’s signature grit and storytelling prowess remain at the forefront. This version of the tune was recorded at KUT a few months ago, when Olson was in town supporting the new record.