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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. Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury and Laurie Lewis, among others. Townes Van Zandt, a friend of Olney's, said "Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard — and that's true. I mean that from my heart."
- 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)
- Anderson, Skip (August 21, 2014). "David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?". The Nashville Scene. The Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
- "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014.
- Official web site
- Biography of David Olney, AllMusic.com
- Strauss, Neil (29 September 1999). "THE POP LIFE. An Outsider Keeps Digging". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
- Hilburn, Robert (9 March 2003). "The best songwriter you've never heard of?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
- Moser, Margaret (25 April 2003). "Record Review: David Olney, The Wheel". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
- Moser, Margaret (24 June 2005). "Record Review: David Olney, Migration". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
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