Mark Olson was a founding member of the Jayhawks, the most acclaimed band to emerge out of the alt-country scene. He left the Jayhawks in 1996, after the release of the band's biggest-selling album, "Tomorrow the Green Grass", but continued to record music with his new band, the Creekdippers, at his new home in the California desert. Mark recently finished recording his first true solo album, the 2007 release "The Salvation Blues", with producer Ben Vaughn. A deeply personal album, Mark's voice and poetic lyrics are complemented by Vaughn's gorgeous musical backdrops featuring the work of some of LA's best studio musicians. The album also features the long-awaited reunion with his former Jayhawks bandmate and writing partner, Gary Louris, on three songs.