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Hans Olson and Stefan George

May 17
Old Town Center for the Arts

Come to Old Town this weekend for an evening of Blues, Country and Folk music from Arizona music legend Hans Olson.

“The warm acoustic atmosphere and vintage decor compliments the soulful artistry of a talent like Hans.  Hans is 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,” noted William Eaton, co-Director at OTCA.

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.”

Hans 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 over 40 years in the music business, Hans began his career as a lead singer in a rock and roll band in Southern California in 1967, and by 1970 he had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

Stefan George

One of Tucson's best-loved singer/songwriters, Stefan George has won award after award for his evocative songwriting and luminous guitar playing. He was a New Folk Award Finalist at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival in 1996, a Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Finalist in 1996, and a Tucson Area Music (TAMMY) award winner in 1994, 1995 and 1997 - with 1997 awards in Best Songwriter, Best Solo Acoustic Performer and Best Acoustic Ensemble categories.

In addition, this versatile musician hosted the Blues Summit at the 1997 Kerrville Folk Festival and has been invited back to Kerrville ever since. Stefan was a featured Showcase artist at South By Southwest in 1991 and 1994. He has also performed in concert with David Wilcox, Norman Blake, Bill Miller, Rory Block and Bill Morrissey, to name but a few.

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