Reviewed by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine
R.D. Olson brings high-energy blues to fill your soul and move your feet. His new album Keep Walking Woman (recorded as the R.D. Olson Band) showcases the many talents of harpist-vocalist Olson along with his bandmates, Darryl Porras (guitar), Jamie Waldron (stand-up bass), Robert Sellani (drums) and Eric Williams (piano), staying true to the Blues styles of Muddy Waters, Luther Allison, Mojo Buford, and Chico Chism, but with a contemporary spin.
Olson, who currently resides in Prescott, AZ, won the 2014 Arizona Blues Challenge and the 2015 Northern Arizona Blues Challenge, advancing to the famed IBCs in Memphis each year. He was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2015 and is currently the Vice President of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.
In the true fashion of the blues, a down and gritty, no frills and real home style form of audio bliss, Keep Walking Woman by R.D. Olson whisks you away to a place known only by real blues troubadours, the dark and smokey whiskey joints and beer halls, back alleys of the French quarter and the Texas oil fields, the lonely plantations and the high line boudoirs. With Harmonica and Slide Guitar, channeling influences like Muddy Waters, Thorpe, Leadbelly and those that invented a music that bears the soul for all to see.
Keep Walking Woman, also has upbeat tempos, jazzy riffs and music fusions, while staying to traditional styling, R.D. Olson also lends a contemporary and modern beat, in the title track it busts a move with both a Blues and Funk / Jazz rhythm, fresh, bold and powerful, only truly great musicians can do this and not sound “pop”, not “sell out” to a bland production and preferred by music aficionados that great talent. Then in I Miss New Orleans, the smooth flow comes and brings it down a bit, making the sweet so much sweeter and putting a sway in your strut, a real “pick yourself up, brush off the dust and walk it off” kind of groove.
More music available at http://soundcloud.com/r-d-olson