Grant Olsen writes all his songs on a guitar given to him by a hermit named Ron, who lives deep in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In his day, Ron had been a stellar musician who'd performed with the likes of John Denver and Willie Nelson, but for one reason or another, he'd given it all up and was living the hermit life when Grant happened to stumble upon his mountain cabin. 'Hawley,' the first track on Grant's new album, is dedicated to Ron. It tells the story of his early life and how he came to be a musician in New York City during the late 1960's. Most of the songs from 'Waterland' tell stories, which Grant delivers in his trademark style--straightforward and beautifully honest. 'The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner' follows a young pilot shot down over Germany and taken prisoner during World War II. The title and much of the imagery are borrowed from Randall Jarrell's powerful poem of the same name. 'Saturday Evening Post' is a declaration of love for a girl Grant never dared talk to. The final track, 'Diddy Riese,' is a requisite ode to summer. With his gentle melodies and signature guitar style, Grant creates lasting images with every song. For 'Waterland,' which is Grant's sophomore album, he again combines forces with bassist Leo Patrone, guitarist/vocalist Micah Dahl Anderson, and violinist Cedric Anderson. Grant's two lovely sisters, Michelle and Diana, also appear on tracks five and ten, respectively. 'The first song is a good introduction to Grant Olsen's storyteller talent and intimate composition. A sweet, almost murmured, voice guides you through these ten smooth tunes, filtering each word to deliver a captivating rebound.' --YOUCRAZYDREAMERS.COM 'Top Ten Albums of 2007!' --SAMOURAI 'His first album with Ape Island Records, Grant Olsen's 'Waterland' offers a homegrown mysticism that rends and heals. The ten tracks focus on story-telling and a sense of place, rejuvenating folk with Olsen's unique sound.' --SCHOOLED MAGAZINE 'The greatest compliment I can think to give 'Waterland' is that it is honest. Olsen has a poet's ear and his lyrics are direct but never obvious. Instead, Olsen snares the listener with unusual word choices that paint a specific picture or feeling, as in 'The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,' when he tells of 'a flaming plane that crashed then turned to dirt.' Despite their brilliance, the lyrics are never in competition with the music--the two are perfectly suited.' --FRACTURE 'His intensely personal and intimate style feels like falling in love and breaking up at the same time. I hear my ancient songs--Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Van Morrison--echoing in his voice and lyrics, but filtered through his unique lens, making it as new as it is timeless and epic. This is a truly beautiful album.' --JULIEGODDESSOFTHEINTERNET.COM 'Songs of woe for those running to or from meaning. The songwriting is basic and straightforward and certain chord progressions are made intentionally recognizable to heighten the listener's nostalgia, and thus, insert the listener's experience as contrast.' --SLUG MAGAZINE 'Grant's lyrics and musicality hold a certain nostalgia, embedded in what it means to exist. In it's thirty minutes, 'Waterland' develops a sense of reflection through pointed narratives but also through communal emotions of melancholy, loss, and happiness.' --STUDENT GUIDE 'Whether you're at home, school, work, or play, 'Waterland' will take you straight to a warm, friendly place. A proverbial campfire, if you will. Grant's soothing melodies and profound lyrics will leave you thinking deeply and loving home, wherever it may be. Listen and live!' --COTTON AND SILVER ''Waterland' has ten laid-back tracks of folksy songs and a pleasant, calming sound. Track six, also titled 'Waterland,' is the highlight. Plus, track four has fiddles. Yee-haw!' --WHAT'S HOT FOR 2007 'Je peux pas vous expliquer, ces chansons ont qq chose, un petit qq chose en + qui le différencie nettement de la pléthore de songwriters lo-folk actuels, sa musique me touche profondément. Et pour tout vous dire, je l'écoute très souvent, très très très souvent, c'est une musique qui me relaxe...Des morceaux comme 'Low Low' à la petite mélodie de guitare entêtante et balladeuse, 'Death of the Ball Turret Gunner' avec ses harmonies à 2 voix douces & sublimes comme du Simon & Garfunkel ou le magnifique 'Waterland', morceau poignant et parfait dans sa ligne de guitare, sont des petits bijoux de songwriting pour moi, à l'architecture solide, structurée...Grant a du talent, un immense talent.' --INDIEBOYTRAQUEUR.COM '...Grant Olsen est un immense songwriter qui sous son aspect minimaliste, voir austère, sait trouver la petite mélodie qui accroche, créer des ambiances sereines et relaxantes. Sa voix est douce et caressante, ses chansons dégagent une délicieuse atmosphère mélancolique. Parfois un air de violon country, une voix féminine ajoutent de discrets ornements, évitent à l'ensemble de sombrer dans l'austérité rébarbative. Les défauts de ce disque, sa production artisanale, ces grincements provoqués par le bruit des doigts glissants sur les cordes renforcent son charme. Ils lui donnent un coté intimiste, comme l'impression de passer une soirée devant le feu de camp en compagnie de votre meilleur copain qui vient d'empoigner sa guitare juste pour vous.' --TATAPOUM.NET.