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Olson Bros. win national songwriting contest

By Vidette Staff

Luke and Isaac Olson, sons to prominent Montesano attorneys Steve Olson and Kris Zabriskie, have won a national song-writing contest, which includes a $5,000 cash prize.

The Olson Brothers Band had won the monthly contest for the Texaco Country Showdown with their song, “Sunrise.” But it was so good that the brothers carried through to win the national contest, picked from all of the monthly winners.

“The Olson’s will now prepare for a trip to Nashville where they’ll spend some time with Tom Lei’s Music to discuss the finer points of their songwriting craft,” a news release on the countryshowdown.com states. “They’ll take in the National Final from a seat in the Ryman Auditorium and of course, the $5,000 will, no doubt, come in handy at some point.”

Isaac is a senior at Washington State University, working on a civil engineering degree and Luke is a junior at Pacific Lutheran University, taking classes in communications and music. They have been performing music for the majority of their lives.

The brothers will travel to Nashville in January.

The winning song “Sunrise” was inspired by Luke’s early morning drives to Pacific Lutheran University.

“One morning as I was getting so bogged down by my classes/homework and just in a terrible mood, I just looked outside my car and saw the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen in my life with Mt. Rainier in the background. The sight was the most breathtaking thing I had ever beheld and it was one of those moments where it puts things in perspective. I was so inspired by the sight that I skipped class that morning to watch the rest of the sunrise and that’s where I wrote the beginning to the song.”

He says his brother Isaac helped him finish the song in less than an hour. They’ve been performing that song and many others at events from Olympia and Tacoma to Elma, Montesano and Westport.

Luke says they were considering using the $5,000 for a professional demo, but were contacted by a manager in Nashville, impressed with their song, who is considering renting space in a professional studio for the brothers to do a three-song demo.

“That would be great because then we could use the money to buy a new P.A. system because ours is really old and it’s really expensive to replace,” he said. “Plus, we could really use a trailer to put our stuff in as we travel to gigs. This is just a really great opportunity and we’re really thankful for everyone that has supported us.”

The Olson Brothers are scheduled to perform at the 7th annual Elma Chamber Wine & Seafood Festival, on Jan. 18, just outside Elma, at Satsop Business Park. They perform at 2 p.m. during the festival.

More information about the band can be found on the website www.theolsonbrosband.com

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