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My name is Holger Olesen and I currently play resonator guitar and sing in the band Porcupine Creek. I also perform in a duo called Hooker and Holger and play with my family in the Sloughgrass band.
I have been playing music ever since I can remember--singing with my family band from the time I was four years old, taking piano lessons throughout elementary and junior high, playing saxophone in the school band and playing the resonator guitar from when I was very young. I began playing the resonator guitar because my older cousin, Gary Hultman, was already playing it and my dad thought it was a good instrument for me to start on. For several years I took theory, vocal and resonator guitar lessons from Gary Hooker, a guitar teacher and musician now based in Park Rapids, MN. I have recorded three CD’s with Sloughgrass and have been a part of other CD projects. Sloughgrass also did a PBS TV special on Prairie Public TV in 2012. I have played with Sloughgrass all over Minnesota and into North Dakota at festivals, fairs and all kinds of events.
In 2012, I made a “kids” band with my sister, Sofia Olesen, and my two cousins, Maria Lewis and Gary Hultman, and we recorded a demo CD.
In 2013 I joined the band Porcupine Creek, based out of Duluth and Wyoming, MN.
My first big influence on the resonator guitar was Rob Ickes. I took a weekend-long workshop with Rob when I was 10 years old and he was at the Masters Weekend in Lutsen, MN. Sally Van Meter was also a big influence on me. She taught me the first song that I learned at Resosummit the first year I went in 2010 and I still enjoy playing the “Down Home Waltz”. I took some lessons online from Mike Witcher, an outstanding teacher and musician. But my biggest influence has always been my cousin Gary Hultman who currently plays and tours with the Boxcars.
I will be attending East Tennessee State University in Johnson City starting in the fall of 2017 to pursue dual degrees in Engineering and Bluegrass, Country and Old-time Music.
I like all kinds of bluegrass and new-grass music plus I like to listen to AC/DC, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Morrison and lots of other types of music.