Originally published Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11:52a.m.

Come to Old Town this weekend for an evening of blues, country and folk music from Arizona music legend Hans Olson. Old Town Center for the Arts will host this special concert on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM.

"I remember when we began to renovate this historic building, and began thinking of world class musicians like Hans who might play here," noted William Eaton, co-director at OTCA. "The warm acoustic atmosphere and vintage decor compliments the soulful artistry of a talent like Hans. He's a presence, and an uncompromising artist. You'll feel the depth of his emotion and clarity on his first note. His guitar and harmonica playing is fluid and flawless, but his voice is what will arrest you. Only a few gifted people have got it. Hans has got it."

Hans Olson has already been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, and many people think of Hans only as a blues player, but his original music, and delivery of standards goes beyond the blues. Noted writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Joel Selvin took this sentence to explore Hans range and diversity:

"Olson managed a delicate blend of the grim boogie blues of John Lee Hooker, the wistful introspection of Bob Seger and the raw urgency of early Bob Dylan."

These unique musical characteristics can be found in Hans' prolific songwriting. He has recorded over 70 of his songs on his 13 independent record releases. His music has also been released on Virgin Records in Europe and on independent label Fervor Records in the USA. Hans Olson songs have appeared on numerous TV shows and film soundtracks, including: "Evening Shade," "Cold Case," "The George Lopez Show," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Criminal Minds."

Olson usually performs solo, although he has played with several bands throughout his career. He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica in a neck rack, and is considered by many to be one of the best "harp in a rack" harmonica players in the world.

A veteran performing musician with more than 40 years in the music business, Hans began his career as a lead singer in a rock 'n' roll band in Southern California in 1967, and by 1970 he had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

Although Hans' singing is very powerful, his voice is comfortable singing many styles of music ranging from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues. His influences have included: Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and Tom Waits.

Hans has been a full time performing musician since 1972. He tours all over the world, but most of the time he travels the highways in Arizona where he has an amazing reputation of being a solo act. Hans has played with over 100 musicians in his bands and has opened for Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.

Be entertained, be transported, find some meaning, with this true Arizona Music Legend at Old Town Center for the Arts, located at the Corner of 5th and Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, tickets for seniors are $12. Advance tickets are available at La Bella Café (next to OTCA), Jerona Java Café and Desert Dancer in Cottonwood, and Golden Word and Crystal Magic in Sedona, or online at www.showtix4u.com.

For further information call Elena at (928) 634-0940 or log onto the Web page www.oldtowncenter.org.

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