David Olney

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Not to be confused with David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada..

David Charles Olney (born March 23, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American folk singer/songwriter. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but did not graduate, instead joining Bland Simpson's band Simpson (band) in the early 1970s. He moved to Nashville in 1973 and formed the band The X-Rays, which gained a reputation during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, he has performed as a solo singer/songwriter. His songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, and Laurie Lewis, among others. One of his most popular songs is called "Wait Here For the Cops," in which his partner, Sergio Webb, convincingly imitates a police siren on the guitar.



  • Simpson (with Simpson, 1971)
  • Contender (with the X-Rays, 1981)
  • Nashville Jug Band (with the Nashville Jug Band, 1982)
  • Customized (with the X-Rays, 1984)
  • Eye of the Storm (1986)
  • Deeper Well (1988)
  • Roses (1991)
  • Top to Bottom (1991)
  • Border Crossing (1992)
  • Ache of Longing (1994)
  • Live in Holland (1994)
  • High, Wide and Lonesome (1995)
  • Real Lies (1997)
  • Through a Glass Darkly (1999)
  • Ghosts in the Wind: Live at La Casa, Michigan (1999)
  • Omar's Blues (2000)
  • Women Across the River: Live in Holland (2002)
  • The Wheel (2003)
  • Illegal Cargo: Live in Holland (2004)
  • Migration (2005)
  • Lenora: Live in Holland (2006)
  • One Tough Town (2007)
  • Live at Norm's River Roadhouse, Volume 1 (2008)
  • Ol' Diz: A Musical Baseball Story. A Songwriters' Work in Progress. David Olney/John Hadley (2009)
  • Dutchman's Curve (2010)
  • Film Noir [5-track EP] (2011)
  • The Stone [6-track EP] (2012)
  • Robbery & Murder [8-track EP] (2012)
  • Predicting The Past: Introducing Americana Music Vol.2 [Two discs. Disc 2: retrospective 2000-2012, all previously released] (2013)
  • Sweet Poison [available at shows from Nov 2013, general release Jan 2014] (2014)
  • When the Deal Goes Down" (2014)

Film Noir (2011), The Stone (2012) and Robbery & Murder (2012) were issued as a 3-CD box set in 2012 under the title Body of Evidence


  • "When the Deal Comes Down" (2014)[1]


  1. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014. 

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