Divorce albums are usually a painful, self-indulgent drag, but Jayhawks founding member Mark Olson avoids such wallowing temptations on his first official solo outing.
Olson left the Jayhawks in the mid-90s, moved to the California desert and began recording under the Creekdippers moniker with then partner Victoria Williams. The royal couple of Americana alt-country have recently split, leaving Olson with a full record's worth of heartache and loss to write about. But he keeps spirits up, especially on the title track, where his shaky voice asserts that we're all going be all right in the end.
Ex-bandmate Gary Louris co-writes the rootsy and casual Poor Michael's Boat, the closest the album gets to their Minneapolis days, which should whet the appetite of Jayhawks fans hoping for a proper reunion between the two.
Mark Olson plays the El Mocambo Tuesday (August 28).