David Olney

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David Olney
Birth name David Charles Olney
Born (1948-03-23) March 23, 1948 (age 69)
Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Folk
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1971–present
Labels Philo
Rounder
Strictly Music
Deadbeet
Website www.davidolney.com

David Charles Olney is an American folk singer-songwriter.

Career[edit]

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but did not graduate, instead joining Bland Simpson's band Simpson in 1971. They recorded one album in New York, and then Olney relocated to Atlanta in 1972.[1]

He moved to Nashville in 1973, attempted to sell his songs to record labels, and then formed the band The X-Rays, who recorded two albums for Rounder Records, appeared on Austin City Limits, opened for Elvis Costello, and broke up in 1985.[2]

Since then, he has performed as a solo singer-songwriter, and released more than 20 albums over four decades, including 6 live recordings. He has collaborated with artists such as John Hadley and Sergio Webb.[3]

His songs have been covered by and co-written with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury and Laurie Lewis, and others. Townes Van Zandt, a friend of Olney's (but not family), 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."[4]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1986: Eye of the Storm (Philo / Rounder)
  • 1988: Deeper Well (Philo)
  • 1991: Roses (Philo)
  • 1991: Top to Bottom (Appaloosa)
  • 1992: Border Crossing (SilenZ Records)
  • 1994: Ache of Longing (Roadsongs)
  • 1994: Live in Holland (Strictly Music)
  • 1995: High, Wide and Lonesome (Philo / Rounder)
  • 1997: Real Lies (Philo)
  • 1999: Through a Glass Darkly (Philo / Rounder)
  • 1999: Ghosts in the Wind: Live at La Casa, Michigan (Barbed)
  • 2000: Omar's Blues (Dead Reckoning)
  • 2002: Women Across the River: Live in Holland (Strictly Music)
  • 2003: The Wheel (Loud House)
  • 2004: Illegal Cargo: Live in Holland (South Central)
  • 2005: Migration (Loud House)
  • 2006: Lenora: Live in Holland (Strictly Country)
  • 2007: One Tough Town (Red Parlor)
  • 2008: Live at Norm's River Roadhouse, Volume 1 (Deadbeat) with Sergio Webb and Jack Irwin
  • 2009: Ol' Diz: A Musical Baseball Story. A Songwriters' Work in Progress (Deadbeet) with John Hadley
  • 2010: Dutchman's Curve (Deadbeet / Continental Song City)
  • 2012: The Stone (Deadbeet)
  • 2012: Robbery & Murder (Deadbeet) collects the EPs Film Noir, The Stone, and Robbery & Murder as a 3-CD box set
  • 2013: Predicting The Past: Introducing Americana Music Vol.2 (Rootsy) [Two discs. Disc 2: retrospective 2000–2012, all previously released]
  • 2014: Sweet Poison (Strictly Music) available at shows starting Nov. 2013, generally released in Jan. 2014
  • 2014: When the Deal Goes Down" (Deadbeet)
  • 2016: Holiday In Holland (Strictly Country) with Sergio Webb
  • 2017: Don't Try to Fight It (Red Parlor)

Solo EPs[edit]

  • 2011: Film Noir (Deadbeet)
  • 2012: The Stone (Deadbeet)
  • 2012: Robbery & Murder (Deadbeet)

With Bland Simpson[edit]

  • 1971: Simpson

With the X-rays[edit]

  • 1981: Contender (Rounder)
  • 1984: Customized (Boulevard)

With Nashville Jug Band[edit]

  • 1988: Nashville Jug Band (Rounder)

Singles[edit]

  • 2014: "When the Deal Comes Down"[5]

As composer[edit]

1999: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou HarrisWestern Wall: The Tucson Sessions (Asylum) – track 5, "1917"

  • 2006: Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin – '"Lost John Dean (Compass – track 5, "Postcard From Mexico" (co-written with John Hadley); track 8, "Mr Bones" (co-written with Claudia Scott, John Hadley, and Kevin Welch)
  • 2006: Slaid CleavesUnsung (Rounder) – track 7, "Millionaire"
  • 2007: Mae Robertson – Dream (Lyric Partners) – track 14: "Dream a Dream" co-written with Carol Elliott
  • 2008: Eric Brace and Peter Cooper – You Don't Have to Like Them Both (Red Beet / CoraZong) – track 2, "Omar's Blues #2"
  • 2008: Tim O'BrienChameleon (Howdy Skies) – track 3, "The Garden"; track 7, "Chameleon"; track 12, "When In Rome" (all co-written with John Hadley and Tim O'Brien
  • 2009: Del McCouryBy Request (McCoury Music) – track 11, "Queen Anne's Lace"
  • 2009: Kieran KaneSomewhere Beyond the Roses (Compass / Dead Reckoning) – track 8, "I Took My Power Back" (co-written with Kieran Kane)
  • 2009: The Wailin' JennysLive at the Mauch Opera House (Red House) – track 1, "Deeper Well" co-written with Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris
  • 2011: Annika Fehling – Fireflies (Rootsy) – track 12, "I Know Better" (co-written with Annika Fehling)
  • 2012: Rocky HillLone Star Legend (Floating World) – track 1, "Take A Message To Garcia"; track 2, "Go Down Dupree"
  • Pascal Briggs – The Mercenary (Drumming Monkey) – track 3, "Millionaire"

As guest musician[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Russell (28 February 2003). "David Olney - Character study". No Depression. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Galipault, Gerry (30 October 1997). "The resurrection of David Olney". Pause & Play. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Waters, T. Wayne (18 June 2010). "David Olney: Literate, Rabble-Rousing Troubadour". American Songwriter. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 

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