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Olympia - A True Story

by Tom Dyer & The True Olympians

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    3 CD box set with 40 songs about Olympia WA plus a detailed 80 page book with the history behind the songs and a plethora of great photos. With over 100 Olympa musicians. Stunning!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Olympia - A True Story via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of If You Leave Me Today (45 RPM Mix), Home EP, Olympia - A True Story, Forever For A Little While, Peaks Distort, The Hidden Fortress (single), Steve Rabow's 1982 Best of the KZAM Local Tape Extravaganza, Stumble Bumz (single), and 180 more. , and , .

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The Founding 03:53
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Bordeaux 02:30
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Beer Town 03:14
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Mima Mounds 02:51
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Mill Town 05:00
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It's Mud 03:27
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KXXO Jingle 00:07
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The Null Set 03:54
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Clammin' 04:16
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Let It Rain 05:56
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about

"Olympia: A True Story," a 40-song, 47 track, 3-CD album with 80-page book, is a loving ode to Olympia, Washington. It tells the story of Olympia going back 2 million years, with over 100 guest Olympia musicians. Recorded over 4 years thru the pandemic, it is Tom Dyer’s usual heady brew of eclecticism writ large.

It is monumental. Dyer: This is the tale of the greater Olympia area told through the lens of a third-generation Olympian who left town after graduating from Olympia HS in 1971 and who finally returned in 2016. The oldest song on the album is “Olympia, My Home,” written in late October 2018, a couple months after The True Olympians released our first album, 12 New Recordings. When I moved back to Olympia in 2016, I was most impressed by the Sylvester’s Window collection at the downtown Olympia Library, a series of eight Olympia cityscapes ranging from 1841 to 2001. These drawings really got me thinking about Olympia on some sort of time continuum in a way I probably hadn’t before. I was at least partially inspired by David Scherer Water’s entertaining little Olympia book, first encountered in the spring of 2017, where I first learned about things like Bordeaux and the 1959 downtown train station crash. I grew up here and had never heard of either. We tracked our first five songs for the album in August, 2019. Three years, three drummers, three Tom Dyer solo albums, and a True Olympians Christmas album later, it is done. This is not any sort of complete history; it is a collection of sonic sketches reflecting my particular take on the many-headed beast that is Olympia.

We hope our little entertainment will inspire people to dig deeper into the story of our hometown. I’d like to give a giant thank you to all the Olympia musicians who donated their time and skills to this undertaking - on their behalf, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the not-for-profit Olympia Arts + Heritage Alliance.

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released October 14, 2022

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