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May 13th, 2011 By mbreen | Music | Posted In: Music News, Local Music

Brian Olive: New Album, Then Dr.’s Appointment


Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brian Olive — who came into the Cincinnati music scene from nearby southwestern Indiana with his former band The Greenhornes in the ’90s — is set to release his second solo effort, Two of Everything, early next month. The album is being issued June 7 by the Alive Naturalsound imprint, which issued Olive’s 2009 debut. Click the arrow above to hear the new LP track “Left Side Rock. Olive’s touring for the album begins next week in the south (Texas, Florida, etc.), leading up to his special appearance at the massive Bonnaroo music fest in Tennessee, where he’ll join the legendary Dr. John as part of an all-star jam session.

Two of Everything was co-produced by Olive (also formerly of the Soledad Brothers) and Dan Auerbach, the singing/guitar-playing half of Akron’s latest great musical export, The Black Keys.

If “Left Side Rock” is any indication, it will contain more of Olive’s wide-ranging, psychedelia-tinged brand of Rock & Roll/Pop inspired by vintage sounds from the ’60s and ’70s. Recorded in Nashville and locally at The Diamonds (the art/music/fashion workshop/studio in Northside used by The Greenhornes and many others), the album also features assistance from some musicians Cincinnati music lovers may recognize, including Mike Weinel (ex-Heartless Bastards/The High and Low), Jared McKinney (another original Greenhornes member no longer with the band) and Dan Allaire, a former local musician who moved west and joined the Brian Jonestown Massacre. (Currently, Allaire is drummer for the great L.A. Psych/Pop/Rock band Darker My Love.)

On June 11, Olive heads to Bonnaroo to play saxophone in the fest’s legendary “SuperJam,” headed up this year by Auerbach and Voodoo Blues legend Dr. John. The “SuperJam” is one of the more anticipated elements of the decade-old festival. Past SuperJam participants have included Kirk Hammett, Les Claypool, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), John Paul Jones, Ben Harper, ?uestlove, Bela Fleck, Maceo Parker and members of Phish, to name just a few.

Olive reportedly is also playing sax on Dr. John’s next album.

Unless you’re roadtripping, local fans have a bit of a wait before they can catch Olive at a local venue again. But he’s returning home for a July 23 album release party performance at the Southgate House with local Electronic duo You, You’re Awesome and Detroit rockers Conspiracy of Owls. Tickets can be purchased now here.

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