Jayhawks’ Mark Olson Flying Again With ‘Many Colored Kite’

Mark Olson

Mark Olson, whose “Many Colored Kite” album is getting released this week, says he’s wide open when it comes to doing more reunion shows with his former band, the revered alt-country group The Jayhawks.  They’ve already done three such shows this summer, and “We’ll see what’s going to happen,” he says.

Right now, he’s busy with his own cross-country U.S. tour for the folky, lovely “Kite” – with appearances from Santa Monica to Brooklyn and numerous points in between lined up this summer in support of the Ryko Records album.  The 48-year-old Olson says, “I have to admit, when people think of musicians, they usually think of coming out of the gate by the time they’re 20 and doing their best work.  I’ve kind of gone up and down, up and down – and it feels like in the past four years, it’s finally all come together.”

Olson’s gone through personal travail including a marital breakup, and his last album, the acclaimed 2007 “Salvation Blues,” was soul-baring and plaintive.  The new album, with his girlfriend, Norwegian singer-musician Ingunn Ringvold, collaborating, has the sun coming out from behind those clouds of the past.

As far as touring, “We’ve done it before and I know we can do it, know the kind of places we’ll be playing.  Getting to play every night — as long as you get to travel under reasonable circumstances, it’s a lovely way to live,” says Olson, who lives in the California desert in Joshua Tree – and in Oslo, Norway.  He’ll return to Europe to tour in the fall.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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