Jerry Oliver is a singer/songwriter, guitar teacher and poet who originally hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he spent several years as a fixture in the Midwest music scene. Jerry made his mark in The Twin Cities playing with The Cherokee Rose Band and his own original rock band Peculiar Red.
In 1996 Jerry formed the label Odd Records to release Peculiar Red's album and has released over a dozen original music projects since then.
After the demise of Peculiar Red in 1998 Jerry began performing and writing with his wife Sheila as the duo Pushin' Daisies, who were featured on the 1999 CD compilation of Minnesota's best songwriters "Minnesota Homegrown" selected by the weekly paper Pulse Of The Twin Cities and released by Coldwind Records. For the next few years Jerry built a loyal Midwest following with Pushin' Daisies and as a solo artist.
In the summer of 2003 Jerry sold his house and made a bold move with his family to Nashville, Tennessee where he got busy in the local music scene and taught guitar at The Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum School Of Music. He released the critically acclaimed solo album Death Of The Avant-Garde in 2008 and the limited release, little known Spider Poets album in 2010.
For a few years Jerry worked odd jobs and contemplated his place in the music world while writing a batch of new songs arranged just for he and his guitar and maybe a little harmonica while playing the occasional local gig. In the the summer of 2015 Jerry quietly released his first new album in five years and has been on the road and making records ever since.
The album, Believe, was released in August 2015. The companion EP The Wood And The Spark was released in 2016.
Since 2017 Jerry O has been releasing a series of songs and stripped down demos called The Buddha Tree Singles and performing live shows in Nashville, TN.
In 2019 Jerry O recorded a new full band album with producer Jim Reilley and is planning to release it sometime in 2021. Jerry is also busy with his experimental instrumental and spoken word project The Birdwatcher Experiment which includes an album and single releases scheduled to start coming out in the fall of 2020. This project is also produced by Jim Reilley and includes some amazing guests including The Dead Boys guitar legend Cheetah Chrome, the one and only spoken word artist Minton Sparks, former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer and jazz guitarist Charlie Rauh among others including Jerry's local underground Birdwatcher crew!
Recently Jerry teamed up with his long-time friend and drummer TK and a hot new Nashville combo consisting of hip hop poet Kg, bassist and producer Jim Reilley and music journalist/keyboardist Edd Hurt for the first release in The Trippin' Series on Odd Records, the upcoming EP Always Asking Why? The tour had to be cancelled because of the pandemic but the ep will be out sometime in 2021.
With major projects and tours on hold Jerry has released the single Cloud Paper Tree and the pandemic written and recorded full length album Zombification Of A Nation coming out on all streaming services April 23rd 2021.