LISTEN: Title Track from Brian Olive’s Forthcoming LP, ‘Living On Top’

Acclaimed Cincinnati rocker/producer headlines album-release party April 28 at Woodward Theater

Feb 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

Grammy-winning local musician/producer Brian Olive is gearing up for his latest solo album release, Living On Top, which is due April 28. This morning, a release party on that date was announced for Over-the-Rhine’s Woodward Theater (tickets available here). Pop Empire and Royal Holland will open the show.

CityBeat is honored to present the title track from the forthcoming LP below.

Olive first came to the attention of local (then national) music fans as a member of Cincy legends The Greenhornes. After two albums with the band, Olive left to focus on his work as a multi-instrumentalist member of the renowned Soledad Brothers, moving to Detroit and working under the name Oliver Henry. Olive later moved back to Cincinnati and set up his The Diamonds studio in Northside, where he recorded what would become his self-titled debut, released in 2009 (read CityBeat's feature story on Olive from that time here). Two years later, Olive received even wider acclaim for his fantastic Two Of Everything LP, which he co-produced with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys (read CityBeat's interview from 2011 with Olive about that album here). He re-teamed with Auerbach for the 2012 Locked Down album by the legendary Dr. John. Olive’s contributions to that project (as co-writer and performer) earned him a Grammy when it took home the Best Blues Album statue at the 2013 ceremony.

The 10-track Living On Top was recorded over the past couple of years at The Diamonds and showcases some new musical direction (there’s some serious vintage Funk/Soul grooves, for example), while retaining Olive’s timeless songwriting knack. But during the recording process, the building that houses the studio continued to fall in disrepair. Last winter, the studio was flooded and Olive lost some of the recordings he was doing with other artists, a main source of his income (he’s manned the board for several local acts, including the internationally-acclaimed Electric Citizen). Olive is currently working on completing a new studio space not too far from The Diamonds which will be called Mt. Saturn. He’s also launching Mt. Saturn Records — Living On Top is the first release from the label.

“Having a label is something I always wanted to do,” Olive writes on (see below). “It used to be just because I thought it would be ‘fun.’ But, after getting a fed up with waiting on people with no vision to make mistakes or do nothing at all with my music, I decided to take it into my own hands and make the label happen. It’s a chance to release my music and great music from bands and musicians that may never be heard otherwise.”

Olive launched a crowd-funding campaign through Pledge Music to help with the new LP’s release. You can still pre-order the album through the campaign’s page here and earn some extra goodies, like handmade box sets, signed albums, limited-edition T-shirts, out-of-print vinyl releases, house concerts and even engineering, studio time and instrumental work for your own musical project. A pre-release pledge also gets you a download of the album’s title track.

Here’s Olive’s Pledge Music pitch video featuring another Cincy great, Jerry Springer:

Brian Olive Pledge Music Living On Top from Brian Olive on Vimeo.