Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Kenny Olson?s Friendly Jam

Rick Coates - June 27th, 2011
Kenny Olson’s Friendly Jam
By Rick Coates
Since hitting the big time with Kid Rock over 12 years ago, Kenny Olson has always made a point to return home to Traverse City once a year to jam. This year is no exception.
Olson, who left Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker band five years ago to pursue solo projects, will be back on Sunday, July 3 for one show at Union Street Station.
Olson is currently working on several projects since relocating to Nashville a couple of years ago. He has become a major part of the Nashville music scene by hosting an almost weekly Kenny Olson and Friends jam sessions, where A-list music stars join him on stage when they are in town recording or touring. Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Buddy Guy, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Doors Down, Chaka Chan and some of Jimi Hendrix’s former band mates among others have all joined him.
“It has been pretty cool and a lot of fun,” said Olson. “I have been getting encouragement to turn this into a record and a tour and now that is happening.”

The idea of recording with these legendary performers hit home for Olson when two of his friends passed away.
“I guess I took it for granted jamming all the time with Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell, who were in Hendrix band and we toured and did these Hendrix’s tribute shows with others. Then in just a few months a part from each other, they passed on,” said Olson. “Mitch passed on my birthday and I guess it was a message to start recording an album.”
Olson is not at liberty to name names yet but several heavy hitters have promised to play on his album and join him when possibly on a tour.
“Originally it was going to be Kenny Olson and Friends but that has changed to the Kenny Olson Cartel,” said Olson. “I will say this, the legendary Paris Delane will be doing the bulk of the vocals. I can’t say anything more now but Paris will be coming with me to Traverse City on July 3 and I will have a few more surprises for that night as well.”
Delane was the leader of the south side Chicago subway gospel-blues-rockers Sonia Dada. He grew up in a neighborhood where statistically, young black men didn’t live past the age of 16, but Delane had a deep gospel voice and his trio would perform around the subways of Chicago. Legend had it they pulled in $1,000 plus a day.
Eventually they were discovered and the group ended up singing “The Ballad of the Bulls” that was the Chicago Bulls theme song during their championship years. Delane even got to perform the song on the Oprah Winfrey show in front of Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls players.
Delane has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia with his album going triple platinum. He has won a Cleo award and is featured on the movie soundtrack for “Nothing to Lose” starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins, and also the Soundtrack for the movie “Waterproof” starring Burt Reynolds, April Grace, Orlando Jones and Ja’net Dubois.

He has had the opportunity to perform with many greats over the years and Keith Richards considers him among the best American vocalists. He caught up with Olson a few years ago and they immediately connected.
“It was a funny thing; I had been recording all day and a friend of mine said, ‘come on let’s go out I want you to meet one of the all time great guitar players.’ Of course I chuckled because I have been on stage singing with Keith Richards and Carlos Santana, so I was curious as to who this cat was,” said Delane. “When we arrived I was mesmerized. Kenny asked me if I would come and join him and we did something I have never been able to do before. We just started writing a bunch of songs right on stage. he would play and I would just start singing lyrics. It was amazing, people afterwards were asking how long we had been together.”
Delane just chuckles when asked what those lucky enough to get tickets for the July 3 show should expect.
“I am not sure what we are going to do but I will say this: it will be magical,” said Delane. “I am coming into Traverse City earlier in the week so we have some fun rehearsing and we will put on a show for the people. I can’t wait. I love Michigan and I know what a great musical state it is, plus I have some friends up that way.”

To see the Kenny Olson Cartel contact Union Street Station for tickets at 231-941-1930. Doors open at 8 pm on July 3 and Olson said they plan to hit the stage early.
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