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The Truth of a Woman

by Kristina Olsen

It's like if Mae West, Leonard Cohen and Richard Thompson had a Ménage à trois, her music is the child that sprang from that union, sexy, poetic and intellegent with plots that twist and strike with blues slide guitar, concertina, cello, mandolin, acousti
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Spend the Whole Night With You
2:49 $0.99
2. The Truth of a Woman
3:54 $0.99
3. Rainy Night in Chinatown
2:47 $0.99
4. The Yellow Piper
5:26 $0.99
5. Phoebe's Iceberg
2:51 $0.99
6. Part Time Lover
3:40 $0.99
7. Headlights on the Highway
2:45 $0.99
8. If I Stayed
2:17 $0.99
9. I Am Ashamed
3:25 $0.99
10. Between This Woman and This Man
2:55 $0.99
11. Big O
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eleven previously unrecorded songs. Recorded in San Francisco, New Zealand and Australia with Peter Grayling. Olsen on guitar, steelbody slide guitar, concertina, hammered dulcimer and voice. Grayling adds cello, mandocello, mandolin, and harmony vocals to nine of the tracks. 'The Truth of a Woman' includes nine Olsen originals including an instrumental.

'The Truth of a Woman' was #1 in surveyed folk radio airplay in November '99 and #3 in October. It is available at or the Orchard distribution or directly from Take A Break Productions.

Olsen is a powerfully engaging performer with a raw blues velvet voice and brilliant guitar skills (on acoustic an steel-body slide guitar). Her songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention and Mollie O'Brien. Olsen also is known for her abilities on other instruments and has recorded on hammered dulcimer with Michele Shocked and worked with Rickie Lee Jones. 'The Truth of a Woman' is Olsen's eighth recording under her own name. Four of her recordings have been released by Philo/Rounder.

Grayling takes an instrument rarely seen off the classical stage and weaves it through Olsen's songs, enriching the ballads with a gorgeous, mellow sound and driving the blues with punchy playing and recklessly passionate solos. Dr. Grayling was formerly the principal cellist with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra and now currently does contract work for the Western Australian Symphony when he isn't on tour with Olsen. He was described in Australian press as the 'Jimi Hendrix of cello'.

'The Truth of a Woman' is the second collaboration between Olsen and Grayling. They released 'Duet' in 1998 in Australia, New Zealand and the UK to great critical acclaim.



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A Wonderful Album
'Truth' has it all - great songs, well sung & great backing from inspired P. Grayling

Judith Sherman

Outstanding record showcasing Kristina Olsen's versatility as a singer/songwrite
This is an outstanding record that showcases Kristina Olsen's enormous talents as a singer/songwriter. All of the songs on this CD have the stamp of real-life experience. They run the gamut from blues (Spend the Whole Night with You), to achingly beautiful (The Truth of a Woman and If I Stayed) to outrageously funny (Big O). Phoebe's Iceberg is a gorgeous steel string guitar instrumental with a haunting melody. Kristina is an accomplished guitarist and versatile singer, and her personal charisma is very evident on this record.