Interview with Kenny Olson

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Meet Kenny Olson, the best guitarist you’ve never heard of. You probably heard Kenny and didn’t even realize it. Kenny has played with Kid Rock, Aerosmith, Metallica, Billy Gibbons, Sheryl Crow, and Les Paul, among others.

While you may not have heard of him, his peers definitely have. Keith Richards says this multi-platinum guitarist is “one of the best rock guitarists on the scene right now.”

Kenny started a band, The Kenny Olson Cartel, which is an an ass-kicking entity in its own right. “That’s my high,” Olson says. “I belong out there playing.” But the studio is another home, and there will be more where Kenny Olson Cartel came from. The guitarist says he has enough material “for a few more albums at least,” with more coming seemingly every day, which means the Cartel is well stocked for a loud ‘n’ proud future.

“What I like about this situation is nothing can stop it,” Olson gushes. “As long as I’m alive and kicking, I can keep the Kenny Olson Cartel going and keep the music coming.”

In this candid interview, Kenny talked to us about his career, music, and life in Nashville, where he’s currently alive and kicking.

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The Ripple Effect Review of Kenny Olson Cartel Album


Review of Kenny Olson Cartel by Racer @ The Ripple Effect

This one I shoulda seen coming.

If I’d only read the credits before I popped the CD in, I wouldn’t a been so surprised.  Right there, in the “Thanks” section were all the clues I needed that this, Kenny Olson dude, wasn’t just some regular guy.  First name I saw was Billy Cox.  Former Hendrix player.  That’s cool.  But it doesn’t stop there.  The Hendrix Family.  Hmmm.  Not Jimi, as in “for inspiration” but a direct thanks to the Hendrix family.  Does this cat know them?   Eddie Kramer?  What   Who is this guy?

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Kenny Olson Rock & Roll

Best known as the lead guitarist and cowriter for multi-platinum Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band, Olson has recorded and performed with Metallica, Aerosmith, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams, Jr. and the late, great Les Paul. In our exclusive interview, Olson describes tracking his new solo album, Kenny Olson Cartel. We’ll also hear songs from the CD and stories about playing with Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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Kenny Olson Cartel Nashville Show Announced


KENNY OLSON CARTEL  6.9.2012 • Nashville, TN • 3rd and Lindsley

818 3rd Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37210 • DOORS OPEN @ 9PM

KENNY OLSON rocketed to international stardom as the founding lead guitarist of KID ROCK’S TWISTED BROWN TRUCKER BAND, multi-platinum co-writer and performer. With the recent release of his debut solo project, KENNY OLSON CARTEL, he brings a melange of genre-bending rock music to the stage.

Kenny Olson Cartel currently has 2 singles “Up All Night” and “Hands On the Wheel” both featuring lead vocalist Jon Nicholson of Nashville’s MuzikMafia, spinning in multiple US and UK radio markets and is gaining momentum at a rapid pace. Most recently, Kenny’s been featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Guitar Planet, Legendary Rock Interviews and many more.


J. “Curly” Speegle is the former lead guitarist for Leon Russell. Known among many as one of the greatest slide players in the south, J. Curly moves to Nashville bringing his Roots Rock/Muscle Shoals sound from Alabama.

Tickets $10 at the door and online.





If you’re talkin’ Detroit rock, vintage guitars, muscle cars, then you’re talkin’ Kenny Olson. VG met Olson at the Detroit Guitar Show, and it didn’t take long before he was talking about old Strats and Teles. That seemed natural for a Fender-endorsed lead guitar player, but for Olson it was more. He loves the old stuff.

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