Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s “Nashville” and endorsements have come from Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and the late Townes Van Zandt, who placed Olney on his short list of favorite writers alongside Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Bob Dylan. Specifically, “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.” – Townes Van Zandt
In addition to playing more than 100 shows annually in Europe and the United States in clubs, theaters, and other concert halls, David has recently performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the 30A Songwriter Festival, Music City Roots, Dave Alvin’s “West Of The West Train Tours”, PRX’s “Live From The Divide”, The National Folk Festival (Australia), The Brunswick Music Festival (Australia) and many more. He also enjoys considerable airplay on SiriusXM’s “Outlaw Country” channel and has been recently featured on the “Buddy & Jim” show.
His compositions are noted for their lyrical elegance, their wry observations, their consistent intelligence, and their universal appeal. “No Depression” credited him with “stretching the edges of Americana with an assortment of styles, characterized by finely crafted storytelling”.
Yet as successful as he’s been, Olney has never compromised his vision for the sake of sales. Instead, Olney writes personal songs – strange, idiosyncratic, mysterious ones that aren’t always made to scale the charts, but which are designed to delight and intrigue the hardcore fanbase of listeners who’ve stuck with him for twenty studio albums and six live sets.
His recently-released record “Don’t Try To Fight It” is an un-categorizable whirl of Olney’s influences and inspirations, including blues, rock ’n’ roll, Tin Pan Alley, folk, depravity, aggression, belief, and, above all, empathy. The album is a window into one of music’s roundest talents who in addition to penning staggering songs, is a Shakespearean actor, a writer of sonnets, the host of Nashville radio station WXNA’s “Free Fall” show and of his own weekly video post, “You Never Know.”
“…the Nashville troubadour has been making gripping music for a long time. Olney rocks with blistering intensity…but he also mesmerizes.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
“There’s a lived-in authenticity to David Olney’s voice that is beyond so many of the young pretenders around these days. Beneath the gruff exterior lies a big heart capable of tenderness. He is the real deal.” – Exclaim Magazine
“A sturdy blend of elegant ballads, turgid deliberation and additional elements of Blues, Roots and even a bit of Vaudeville. An extraordinary hybrid of sounds and styles.” – Blurt!
“If you like your musical heroes to rock out like the jackhammer of a rockabilly saint but also deliver song sonnets from a contemplative place, then David Olney is your man.” Acoustic Live! Magazine
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 6 years since David Olney played the Sunday Roadhouse. Join us in welcoming him back!