Singer-songwriter David Olney was known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances prior to his untimely death on stage mid-song at the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in January 2020. His final album, Nevermore, is out now.
"If the form is true, it is strong enough to hold the whole universe.” - David Olney
Singer-songwriter David Olney was known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances prior to his untimely death on stage mid-song at the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in January 2020. His final album, Nevermore, is out now. Produced by David’s longtime European booking and management representative Joanna Serraris and featuring longtime sideman and co-writer Daniel Seymour accompanying on bass and vocals, these 15 tracks were recorded while on tour in The Netherlands.
Pieter Groenveld, founder of Strictly Country Records, has been recording David Olney’s live concerts in Holland since 1993, including these in front of a live audience at the De Oude Veiling in Aalsmeer, De Zocherlounge in Bloemendaal and the Nic Jonk Statue Garden and Museum in Grootschermer.
Over his 40 plus year career, many musical luminaries, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, Del McCoury, and Townes Van Zandt, all knew of and drew from the universe that was David Olney. He was celebrated, loved, and revered by fans, friends, and loved ones, over his career, and these albums will serve as a deeper well for those who follow him
The Americana pioneer singer-songwriter/poet, stream-caster, and actor released iconic music for more than four decades and was known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances. A published poet, Mr. Olney made his Shakespearean acting debut and composed several songs for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Americana-themed production of As You Like It, returning in 2016 with another role and having penned more original music in The Comedy Of Errors. David Olney hosted a weekly You Never Know Songwriter Series video streamcast for more than ten years on his YouTube channel, where he performed a song and shared the story behind it. His music continues to expand our universe.
"None other than the legendary Townes Van Zandt called Olney ‘the very best', and critics frequently compared him to literate composers like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Notables like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and many others have covered Olney’s songs. Olney died at age 71 back in 2020 while performing at a gig in Florida. He never did have a hit record, but his influence on contemporary country and folk music can still be felt.” - PopMatters
"The expertise in these performances is stellar. Some subjects are unorthodox, but this is what makes them valuable…David had a 40+ year career, known to many famous artists & if it’s true John Prine is a national treasure – the likes of David Olney should be included in that introduction. Listening to these songs will easily allow one to become addicted to the Olney universe.” - Americana Highways
"Most of his are dramatic and/or witty story songs that offer no shortage of philosophical messages, sarcasm, and brilliant poetry. - Glide Magazine