Born and raised in San Francisco, Olga was classically trained in music as a child. Her parents, who moved stateside from Innsbruck, Austria, encouraged her as she began writing songs on the piano at the age of five. In high school, Jimi Hendrix provided her first taste of the blues. “I began music very early, and started writing songs very young,” she recalls. “I got into the business side of things through a chance meeting with a record archivist at a Grateful Dead show in my late teens. He introduced me to Los Lobos and Maria Muldaur, and I apprenticed with Maria soon thereafter. Los Lobos “adopted” me, and let me hang out and observe how they did things. I often sat on the stage during their shows.”
While Olga has been likened to greats such as Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Sheryl Crow, the truth is she has carved out a sound that is entirely her own. Her current album, “Whatever You Want”, has an upbeat pop flavor, with bluesy undertones. “The songs on this album are rooted in the truth as I know it in my life, rooted in the blues,” Olga explains, “but we changed the sound, so a broader audience can experience them, hopefully in a positive way.” The drums were a key component in shaping the sound of “Whatever You Want” a record about leaving the past behind and starting over. Olga asked her friend Cody Dickinson, drummer for the Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars, to lay down the drums for her. Dickinson, also an accomplished guitar and bass player, songwriter, and producer, agreed and soon took over the lions share of the instrumentation, which he paired with Olga s melodies and lyrics. Emmy winning producer and engineer Winn McElroy “took everything and made it sound good!” Olga laughs. “Whatever You Want” was recorded at Black Wings Studio in Water Valley, Mississippi.”
“This record has been a process of finding my soul again, and reminding me of what I need to do with my life,” she says. “It really took on a life of its own, quite naturally and unexpectedly, and I am thrilled with where it has led me.”
Olga has three previous albums under her belt: “Now Is The Time”, “Kiss Your Blues Away”, and “Blues Babe”. All three albums elicited overwhelmingly positive reviews. Olga has shared the stage with talent such as Chris Isaak, Keb Mo, DJ Logic, Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers, Coco Robicheaux, Robert Randolph, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars, Papa Mali, JJ Grey & Mofro, Hobex, Maria Muldaur, The Lee Boys, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jim Dickinson, and Matt Abts of Gov’t Mule. Olga has also performed with the Papa Leg Acoustic Duo in Italy for the past three years.
Olga is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP) for selected titles.