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"Victor Olston"

“Victor Olston seems to wallow effortlessly in integrity, and even sometimes seem to shoulder the responsibility of upholding a certain musical history of Muscle Shoals, perhaps even the entire South. The band can make country music like it was 40 or 50 years ago—sad, but with touches of cynicism that keep things from getting emotionally manipulative.”

- Shreveport Catalyst


Discography

"Heritage" LP
Self released LP-10 August 2012
All songs written by Victor Olston / Produced, Engineered and mixed by Ben Tanner / Recorded and Mixed at Nutthouse Studios, Sheffield AL / Except "Wars" Engineered by Kevin Butler and David Green / Mixed by Ben Tanner / Recorded at Test Tube Audio, Austin Tx / Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago IL / Art by Justin Wheeler

"Hunters Traps" EP
Self released EP- 3 December 2010
All songs written by Victor Olston/ Engineered by David Forshee/ Recorded at Queen Six and Amore' Studios

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Victor Olston is an Americana band consisting of vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Jamison, who founded the band in 2010 alongside Kit Carpenter (bass), Chase Reneau (drums) and Jonathan Brown (guitar). Headquartered in hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, the group recorded its debut five song EP, "Hunters Traps", thirty days after their first practice. "For some reason I felt like we had to write and record really quick or nobody was going to take it serious. I feel like it was somewhat of a mistake because we haven't really sounded how those songs sound since it was released. It always felt misleading to me” says Jamison. With pianist/vocalist Chelsea Norman joining the lineup in 2011, the group started working on their debut album, Heritage. "At the time we had been writing twice a week and playing gigs most weekends for almost a year. I really felt like we didn't have anything to show for it. We had recorded some demos for a full length, but weren't sure if we would ever be able to do it the way we wanted without label support" says Jamison. In October 2011, the band set a goal of six months to finish the writing process and gather funds for the album. The following March, Victor Olston traveled to the legendary town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama to start recording there debut full length. "Me and my brother (drummer, Chase Reneau) are big fans of Skynyrd (Lynyrd Skynyrd), so we always wanted to record in Muscle Shoals. We all really appreciated what has come out of that town in the last fifty plus years as well. We just never thought it would be an option to record there." Jamison added. The band booked six days at Nutthouse Studios with engineer Ben Tanner, who has worked with the likes of Band of Horses and Civil Wars. "It was the most fun I think we've ever had as a band. We really didn't have much money so all five of us stayed in a single motel room for eight nights." Jamison laughs. "We recorded it all live and we didn't use a click track on a couple of songs. It made for a very natural sound, which I am really proud of." "We are a big family and there isn’t anyone in this band that is more important than the other. I hope you can hear that on this record because it was honestly such a group effort." The 24 year old singer songwriter says. On the groups upcoming debut album, the band showcases Jamison's and Norman's haunting yet beautiful harmonies, there bandmates' solid musicianship, and the eagerness to challenge the boundaries of alternative country. The band creates a sound that reminds you of Whiskeytown, Neil Young, and Uncle Tupelo. With their debut album set to be released in the summer of 2012- there's nothing in my mind that says there aren't plenty of "good things" in store for Victor Olston.