Monday, February 9, 2009

Mark Olson & Gary Louris: Ready For The Flood

Mark Olson & Gary Louris
Ready For The Flood
New West Records [2009]

Fire Drills Review:
Before you get all crazy, Ready For The Flood is not The Jayhawks reunion record but honestly when you get Olson and Louris together it can't turn out bad and who knows - it may be the step in the right direction. This record plays out as billed with back in forth vocals between the two artists and many times it sounds like they are the only ones in the room. Most of the numbers are acoustic driven but there are tracks like "Chamberlain SD" that are foot tapping harmonica fun. This is not the album that longtime fans exactly wanted to hear but in many respects it resembles The Jayhawks breakthrough record Hollywood Town Hall [1992], so trust me and check it out for yourself because their harmonies are worth a listen.

Key Track: "Turn Your Pretty Name Around"

Band With Similar Fire: Bob Dylan

Gary Louris: Vagabonds [Fire Note Review 3/5/08]

Mark Olson & Gary Louris MySpace

-Reviewed by Reece Michael