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”.



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




Photo By Jake Jacobson

Photo By Jake Jacobson


“Karyn Oliver certainly appears to have the voice and writing skills to ride in their slipstream until the time is right for her to take over.”

-Allan Harrison, Maverick Magazine

“The soulful and seductive voice of Karyn Oliver mesmerizes the listener with an intimate assembly of songs that celebrate the touches of saints and sinners that exist in all of us and examine the rewards that come from taking risks.” 

-Ron Olesko, WFDU

"Karyn Oliver has been a key member of the Baltimore and now New York folk music communities, but it’s in Nashville that she’s found a studio home, with Thomm Jutz supplying tasteful production to a fine collection of songs on Karyn’s album, Magdalene.”

-John Platt, former Program Director of WFUV