It’s time for Kenny Olson to come home again — and, as usual, the former guitarist in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band is not wanting for musical things to do, or talk about.
The Traverse City native and onetime Birmingham resident, who now resides in Nashville, Tenn., is trooping to town tonight with The MotorFlys, a “stone cold rock ‘n’ roll group he formed in Music City with longtime musical partner Shannon Boone. The group, which Olson says has been the subject of a bidding war, is recording its debut album, which it hopes to have out in early 2010 with a single prior to that.
“It’s been very successful up to this point, on a small scale,” Olson says of the group. “I’m really excited about it. We’re going with it major, with a lot of push behind it. It’s what I’ve been looking for to put me back out there after taking a little time away from the spotlight.”
That light actually may be shining brighter on Olson’s other project, Seven Year Binge, which he put together with Boone, 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell and keyboardist Jon Nicholson of the Muzik Mafia. Olson, who hopes to bring the group to the Detroit area in August or September, describes it as having more of “a real old school, soulful rock kind of vibe,” and it too is attracting interest, though Harrell’s schedule with 3 Doors Down makes it a bit less active.
“These two bands are keeping me busy,” notes Olson, who’s also working on producing other groups in Nashville. “They both take from old school seasonings, especially with my Motor City influences. Both bands have definitely been acknowledged for having that Motor City sound, which is a compliment to me. That’s the sound I want to be associated with.”
The MotorFlys, Seasons of Eden and Pistol Day Parade perform Friday (June 19) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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