Rather than by genre or music scene, Dave Olson identifies himself and his music as entirely and faithfully Midwestern. Born in Ohio, with having lived in Illinois, Iowa, and now Minnesota, Olson feels that his landscape and backdrop has influenced him as much as the music he loves. As a songwriter, Olson is subtle and delicate, often letting the characters and stories of his songs speak their own purposes, politics, and conclusions. The subjects of his songs are diverse; ranging from a cranky bar owner who seeks salvation through up-and-coming musical acts (Big John) to a comparison study of the broken heart featuring the biblical Sampson, out-law Clyde, and a regular joe going through divorce (Blues for a Girl). Olson began writing and performing in Iowa City at age 18 and was strongly influenced by the music he found there. With roots rock bands like Bo Ramsey and the Backsliders and High and Lonesome and powerful folk acts like Greg Brown and Dave Moore, Olson found himself drawn to both kinds of music. He formed the One-Timers in 2000 to help him record "#80", his debut record. Featuring Atom Robinson (also of Teddy Morgan and the Pistolas) on bass and accordion, Matt Winegardner (of Brother Trucker) on drums, the guitars of Dustin Busch and Chris Dimond, and Iowa pedal steel master Marty Letz. The album earned critical praise and local favor. Olson and the One-Timers traveled and played for the next 3 years, comfortably sharing the stage with acts ranging from Neko Case to Johnny Dowd, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys to Mark Mallman, and the Hangdogs to Robbie Fulks. In 2004, Olson moved to St. Paul, MN. He continues to write and perform regionally. His new album No October will be released on May 1st, 2012.