“Janis Joplin without the rasp or perhaps Lucinda Williams on steroids…with that powerful instrument, she could be a star in the rock arena. Her voice has a swagger.”
— Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live
Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Karyn moved to a town called Boring, MD with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created her first solo album, Red Dress, that earned her Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. In 2011, Oliver moved to New York City, with a renewed heart and a better guitar. It is from this place that she created her latest solo album, Magdalene, and became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for a second time in 2106.
In addition to her solo project, Oliver is currently part of the nationally touring Americana/folk group, No Fuss and Feathers. http://www.nofussandfeathers.com
Oliver is deeply dedicated to her folk community, a fact demonstrated by her 6 year term on the board of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.
2017 brought Oliver to North Carolina, where she is steeping herself in the great writers of the South, and recording a new album, “A List Of Names”.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2019: A List of Names Released
2016: Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2013: "Magdalene" featured on New Release Rack of The Alternate Root (July)
2013: Magdalene title track #17 Top Song (May)
2013: Magdalene recognized as #21 Top Album
2013: Magdalene #18 on the RMR Folk Top 50
2013: Magdalene #8 on the RMR NY: Roots Radio Airplay Chart
2013: Magdalene reached #5 On Roots Music Report Folk Internet Airplay Top 50
2013: Magdalene Released
2011: Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2011: Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
2010: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Winner
2010: Red Dress Released
2007: Hurricane Released