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Monday, July 26, 2010

Micah Olsan

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Micah Olsan incorporates so many styles into his folkiness it's enough to make one's head spin. And that might be the folkie-funky Milwaukeean's aim on his second CD. Into his intricate acoustic guitar work he integrates classical, jazz and Latin flair to augment what might otherwise be standard coffeehouse picking and strumming. Bass, keyboards and even smidgens of random noise give Olsan a heft and depth that suggest an especially thoughtful if sometimes typically rambling jam band. His gentle tenor aptly recalls Donovan, Chris Rice and the mellower moods of Dave Matthews, even as his bohemian angst doesn't always match the creativity of his musical backing. Olsan shines brighter in concert, and when his verbal musings match his instrumental prowess, he will be even more of a force to be reckoned with.