Along with Kathy Valentine (a future member of The Go-Gos
), Carla Olson formed The Textones
in the early 1980s for a few singles on IRS. (Most of these tracks appear on Through the Canyon (
Rhino) and Back in Time (
Demon U.K.). The band's major-label debut, Midnight Mission
(A&M), included help from Don Henley, Ry Cooder, Barry Goldberg, and Gene Clark. Cedar Creek
, the band's second album, appeared in 1987 on Enigma Records.
Olson then worked on many projects, including ones by John Fogerty, Henley, and Eric Johnson and a duet album with Clark. In 1988, she recorded a self-titled solo album (for Amigo Musik) in Sweden, backed by Wilmer X. After another duet project, this time with former Rolling Stones'
guitarist Mick Taylor, Olson's second solo LP (Within an Ace
) was released in 1993 on Watermelon Records; Reap the Whirlwind
followed the next year. That album signaled a period of relative quiet from the guitarist, as she disappeared into private life while her best-of collection hit the shelves. It wasn't until 2001 that she returned, boasting The Ring of Truth
, an album featuring Taylor and a handful of roots rock tunes that showcased her weathered vocals and comfortable sound.