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Don Olsen

I was playing solo one night and this woman told me "You guys are great!" That about sums up what I do...

Vocals - Guitar - Bass - Drums .... LIVE at the same time!




Sample mix, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Beatles & Cyndi Lauper


"We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason


“I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash (with Russ Seeger)


Playing bass with NYRMA! (New York Roots Music Association)


Friday, 8/2/19….@ Waterview, Port Jefferson, 5-8PM

Sunday, 8/11/19….@ Tres Palms, Babylon, 4-7PM

Friday, 8/16/19….@ Casino Bar, Davis Park, FI, 5-8PM

Friday, 8/23/19….@ Campagne House, Bethpage, 6-9PM

Thursday, 8/29/19….@ Tres Palms, Babylon, 6:30-9:30PM

Friday, 8/30/19….@ Waterview, Port Jefferson, 5-8PM

Sunday, 9/1/19….@ Tres Palms, Babylon, 4-7PM

Friday, 9/6/19….@ James Joyce, Patchogue, 6-9PM

Saturday, 9/14/19….@ Long Island Family Festival, Tanner Park, Copaigue, 11-Noon

Saturday, 9/14/19….@ Kelly’s Ale House, Bohemia, 7-11PM

Sunday, 9/15/19….@ Long Island Family Festival, Tanner Park, Copaigue, 11:30-12:30PM

Friday, 9/20/19….@ Waterview, Port Jefferson, 5-8PM

Saturday, 9/21/19….@ Tres Palms, Babylon, 6:30-9:30PM

Saturday, 9/28/19….@ afternoon private party

Sunday, 9/29/19….@ Tres Palms, Babylon, 4-7PM



Hello, and welcome to my website! I'm Don Olsen, a Brookhaven, NY based musician, and here's a brief overview of what I do:

I am a multi-instrumentalist in the most literal sense. A synth guitar gives me the ability to play both bass and guitar simultaneously, (plus other sounds, such as piano or a synth pad). Electronic foot drums I created bring live drums into the mix; add a harmonica now and then, a vocal harmonizer pedal when needed and you can tell I’m a busy man when I play!

A one man band? I suppose that’s true to an extent, but I hope it doesn’t come off that way….For me, it's a way to arrange on the fly, giving shape and dynamics to the songs as I perform them. Although I don't use any pre-recorded tracks I’ve been told I sound very much like a trio. When playing with another musician, (which I often do), we sound legitimately like a four piece band.

On a personal note, I'm a family man with a wife and two sons (talented sons, I'm proud to say, check out their websites, and I'm a former business owner and my passion has always been playing music; I welcome the opportunity to share this passion whenever I can.

Thanks for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy it!

PS:I play bass guitar too, hope you watch the NYRMA "Son of a Preacher Man" video!


Song List

One Headlight - WallFlowers
Babylon - David Gray
Please Forgive Me - David Gray
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Just Like a Woman - Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Karma Police - Radiohead
Creep - Radiohead
Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles
Take it Easy - The Eagles
'Bama Breeze - Jimmy Buffet
Fishin' Blues - Taj Mahal
US Blues - Grateful Dead
Sugaree - Grateful Dead
Ripple - Grateful Dead
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Long May You Run - Neil Young
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young
Daydream - Lovin' Spoonful
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Waitin' on a Friend - The Rolling Stones
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
Home - Phil Phillips
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
Hold On - Tom Waits
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Little Red Corvette - Prince
Beast Of Burden - Rolling Stones
Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom

Hero - Family of The Year
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
We Just Disagree - Dave Mason
Broken Arrow - Robbie Robertson
You're So Bad - Tom Petty
You Don't Know How it Feels - Tom Petty
So Far Away - Mark Knopfler
Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffet
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band
Toes - Zac Brown Band
Homegrown - Zac Brown Band
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilburys
Last Night - The Traveling Wilburys
Me and Julio - Paul Simon
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
If I Needed Someone - The Beatles
Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Southern Cross - Crosby Stills & Nash
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Let Me Go Home Whiskey - Amos Milburn
Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
The Weight - The Band
And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
Allison - Elvis Costello
Love Potion - The Clovers
The Scientist - Coldplay
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Mary Jane’s Last Dance - Tom Petty

...and many more!



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