The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers

Pacific Coast Rambler

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For their second homemade release, Mark Olson (formerly of the Jayhawks) and company stuck to the model established by their simple debut. Good news, because this again puts the focus squarely on the songs. The assistance of wife Victoria Williams (again credited as "Mabel Allbright") and pals Mike Russell and Marc Ford helps Olson realize his minimal, largely acoustic, musical vision. Olson's and Williams' songs commemorate such common, everyday pleasures as a good rain and changing seasons. This is intimate music that recalls old-time traditions and manages to avoid the cloying earnestness that often afflicts folkies and unplugged rockers. First recorded and self-released in 1998, the album was picked up for distribution by KOCH International in 2001.

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