Kenny Olson says its time for him to “come out of the woodwork.”
Of course, the 39-year-old guitarist hasn’t been invisible since leaving Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band in the spring of 2005. He moved to Traverse City, opened a studio and production company, continued to play shows for Experience Hendrix (as in Jimi) LLC and, most importantly, put together a new band, The Flask, whose debut album, “Match in the Gas Tank,” comes out next year.
The album has actually been done since June, says Olson, an Oakland County native who still keeps a house in Birmingham. But production delays as well as the possibility of a major label deal held things up to the point where he felt it was prudent to wait until 2007.
“No one’s particularly selling records anymore, so you have to be very strategic in this day and age of the music industry,” explains Olson, who’s released a three-song Flask digital EP to drum up some interest in the group.
“As much as we wanted to have the record out this fall, it made sense for us to wait. Right now we’ve got a plan and some big guns behind us to push this. We’re building something new, so we just had to make the right decisions.”
Olson, who also played on the 2005 Les Paul & Friends album “American Made World Played,” is looking forward not only to the album’s release but also to touring behind it — including “quite a few nice offers” that are already on the table to open for established acts. He’s also received the green-light from the Hendrix family to set up an all-star Experience Hendrix show in the Detroit area, which he promises will be “a historic event” with “some amazing big-name guitar players and vocals as special guests.”
“I’m very grateful,” Olson says. “Having the whole Kid Rock thing explode and being brought into the Hendrix family has enabled me to play with a lot of amazing, legendary players. It’s overwhelming, and I can’t wait to share that with my home town.”
The Flask featuring Kenny Olson, Paper Street Saints and Alex Winston perform Friday (December 15th) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.
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