Victoria Williams, Creek Dippers Plan Tour, Discs

Singer and band both have albums ready.

The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, led by the wonderfully eclectic

singer Victoria Williams and her husband, Mark Olson, formerly of the Jayhawks

, have a new album in the works and are planning some live dates for the

spring and summer.

"We both have finished new albums and are looking to tour some this summer,"

Olson said on Monday. "Vic's album is really great and has a mid- to

late-summer release schedule."

Williams' 1993 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis led to a tribute album, Sweet

Relief, featuring Soul Asylum, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed and others, and the

formation of a charity organization dedicated to helping other musicians in need.

OHRCD — which also includes fiddler Mike "Razz" Russell — issued

their most recent album last year. The self-released Zola and the Tulip Tree

blended Williams' distinctive singing with Olson's playful tunes. "OHRCD have

been looking into having a label put out their new one," Olson said. "It's

called Ben Johnson's Creek, and things could be looking up for the Dippers.

We'll see about that."

Williams' 1998 album, Musings of a Creek Dipper, included such tracks as

"Periwinkle Sky" (

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