Laura Morgan
October 20, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Own Jo Ellen

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

As a Jayhawk, Mark Olson had the perfect harmonizer in Gary Louris. As Mark Olson and the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers, he’s found a becoming new partner in his wife, the rickety-voiced Victoria Williams, who sings on every song of his solo roots-rock debut My Own Jo Ellen. The Jayhawks have gotten poppier since Olson left, but his own work — which echoes that of Gram Parsons and the Byrds — remains steeped in folk-country tradition. A few tunes tackle issues, but most are raw and personal. B+

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