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David Olney

A celebrated singer/songwriter with over 20 albums to his credit, David Olney has been described as "Nashville's answer to the Bard." In addition to his own albums, Olney is a highly respected songwriter who has co-written with or been covered by Johnny Cash, Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Townes Van Zandt, among others. Though a folksinger at heart, he incorporates wide-ranging inspirations from honky tonk to rock into his standard repertoire. Born in Rhode Island, Olney moved to Nashville during the early '70s and became a major player in the city's underground folk/country scene. He gained a contract with the folk label Philo several years later. Though his first half-dozen albums were recorded before the end of the decade, Olney's output during the '80s slowed considerably. He returned to Philo in 1995 with High, Wide and Lonesome, recorded with an impressive cast of roots rock all-stars -- Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rodney Crowell, and Brian Ahern, among others. Real Lies followed in 1997, including contributions from John Prine and Garth Hudson, while 1999 brought Through a Glass Darkly.

Olney remained prolific throughout the coming decade, delivering studio albums like Omar's Blues (2000), The Wheel (2003), and Migration (2005), while his increasing popularity as a touring artist in Europe yielded three different live albums, all recorded at various locations in Holland. He began the next decade with 2010's Dutchman's Curve, followed by a series of thematic EPs -- Film Noir (2011), The Stone (2012), and Robbery & Murder (2012) -- that were later compiled into a box set. Also around this time, he began a maintaining a weekly interactive streamcast video series called Hear & Now, on which he performs a handful of songs and shares the stories behind them. Between his weekly videos and busy touring schedule, Olney found the time to release a studio album, When the Deal Goes Down, in 2014. Another studio release, Don't Try to Fight It, arrived in early 2017. ~ John Bush & Timothy Monger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: When The Deal Goes Down

1. When The Deal Goes Down

2. Little Bird (What I Do)

3. Servant, Job

4. Soldier Of Misfortune

5. Something In Blue

6. Scarecrow Man

7. Why So Blue?

8. Mister Stay At Home

9. Roll This Stone

10. No Trace

11. Sad Saturday Night

12. Big Blue Hole

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Track List: Predicting The Past

1. Girl Up On A Hill

2. A Long Time Ago

3. Jama Ball

4. We're All Innocent In Here

5. Johnson City Blues

6. Long Gone Daddy

7. There Was A War

8. You Never Do

9. Smoke On Ice

10. Look

11. Walkin' Blue

12. Lampshades

13. Things Fall Apart

14. Red Guitar

15. Cruel Symphony

16. The Beginning And The End

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Track List: The Stone

1. Jerusalem Tomorrow

2. Brays

3. Brains

4. Flesh And Blood

5. Barabbas

6. A Soldier's Report

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Track List: David Olney Presents: Film Noir

1. Frank Is Gone

2. Blue Moon Hotel

3. $20 Serenade

4. The Blues Don't Care

5. Sunset On Sunset Boulevard

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Track List: Dutchman's Curve

1. Train Wreck

2. Red Tail Hawk

3. If I Were You

4. Little Sparrow

5. I've Got A Lot On My Mind

6. Mister Vermeer

7. Covington Girl

8. Way Down Deep

9. Hey Sha La La La

10. Lucky Star And Mr. Moon

11. You Never Know

12. I Only Have Eyes For You

13. The Moment I Tell You Goodbye

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Track List: Ol' Diz: A Musical Baseball Story - A Songwriters Work in Progress

1. You Can Call Me Diz

2. Don't Need Shoes

3. Precious Memories to Alma Dean

4. Anybody Here Seen Elmer?

5. The Cards Are Pitching Dizzy Dean Today

6. Heaven's Game

7. Brothers Dean

8. The Gas House Gang

9. True to My Pat

10. Satch's Six Basic Rules

11. Hall of Fame

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Track List: One Tough Town

1. Whistle Blow

2. Sweet Poison

3. Who's The Dummy Now?

4. Little Mustang

5. No Lies

6. Oh Yeah (Dead Man's Shoes)

7. Snake Song

8. Panama City

9. Sweet Potato

10. See How The Mighty Have Fallen

11. One Tough Town

12. Postcard From Mexico

13. Rainbow's End

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Track List: Lenora

1. Speak Memory

2. Birds

3. My Lovely Assistent

4. I Washed My Hands in Muddy Waters

5. The Song

6. No One Knows What Love Is

7. Two Kinds of Love

8. Jerusalem Tomorrow

9. Lenora

10. Chained and Bound to the Wheel

11. Vincent's Blues

12. Upside Down / Gonna Wait Here for the Cops

13. Revolution

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Track List: Migration

1. The Song

2. Speak Memory

3. Lenora

4. No One Knows What Love Is

5. My Lovely Assistant

6. Light From Carolina

7. All The Same To Me

8. Ace Of Spade Blues

9. Oh Lord

10. Birds

11. Upside Down

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Track List: Illegal Cargo

1. 30 Coins of Gold

2. Running from Love

3. Illegal Cargo

4. Voices on the Water

5. If My Eyes Were Blind

6. Robert Ford and Jesse James

7. Lean and Hungry Years

8. All of the Love

9. Contender

10. Lazlo

11. Camille

12. Dillinger

13. God Shaped Hole

14. Snowin' on Raton

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Track List: The Wheel

1. Wheels

2. Big Cadillac

3. Voices On The Water

4. Chained And Bound To The Wheel

5. Stars

6. Now And Forever

7. God Shaped Hole

8. Revolution

10. Stonewall

11. Boss Don't Shoot No Dice

12. Precious Time, Precious Love

13. The Girl I Love

14. All The Love In The World

15. Round

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Track List: Women Across The River

1. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

2. Roses

3. Bathsheba Blues

4. Women Across the River

5. Deeper Well

6. If It Wasn't for the Wind

7. If Love Was Illegal

8. Titanic

9. I'll Fall in Love Again

10. Message to Garcia / Soldier of Misfortune

11. 1917

12. If I'd Have Known I Couldn't Do It

13. Barrymore Remembers

14. Solid Gone

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Track List: Omar's Blues

2. If It Wasn't For The Wind

4. My Wild Youth

5. Solid Gone

7. If I'd Have Known I Couldn't Do It

8. Bathsheba Blues

12. Lazlo

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Track List: Through A Glass Darkly

1. 1917

2. Dillinger

3. Avery County

4. JT's Escape

5. Little Bit Of Poison

6. The Suicide Kid

7. Snowin' On Raton

8. C'mon Through Carolina

9. Ice Cold Water

10. Race Track Blues

11. The Colorado Kid

12. That's All I Need To Know

13. Lilly Of The Valley

14. Lay Down Your Kingdom

15. Barabbas

16. Dogwoods

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Track List: Real Lies

1. House Rules

2. Barrymore Remembers

3. Camille

4. Robert Ford & Jesse James

5. I'll Fall In Love Again

6. Basketball

7. Baseball

8. Leaf In The Wind

9. Thirty Coins Of Gold

10. Death, True Love, Lonesome Blues And Me

11. Sunset On Sunset Boulevard

12. Border Town

13. It Won't Be Me No More

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Track List: High, Wide And Lonesome

1. Walk Downtown

2. You Gotta Hold On Me

3. Caterpillar

4. Another Place, Another Time

5. My Family Owns This Town

6. Brays

7. Raw Bone

8. Ruby Ann

9. In Your Eyes

10. Flood Of '93

11. Blue Grey Eyes

12. Vincent's Blues

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Track List: Roses

1. Lee's Highway / Bamaloo

2. Luckiest Man

3. Lean And Hungry Years

4. Last Fair Deal

5. Millionaire

6. Rex's Blues

7. Rose Tattoo

8. Love's Been Linked To The Blues

9. That's Why She's With Me

10. Don't Keep It A Secret

11. Roses

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Track List: Deeper Well

1. Deeper Well

2. Women Across The River

3. Brand New Skin

4. Jerusalem Tomorrow

5. If Love Was Illegal

6. King Of Soul

7. Poor Clothing

8. If My Eyes Were Blind

9. Way I Am

10. Illegal Cargo

11. Lonesome Waltz Of The Wind

12. You Are Here

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Track List: Eye Of The Storm

1. Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

2. I Keep My Fingers Crossed

3. Theresa Maria

4. A Dangerous Man

5. If It Wasn't For The Wind

6. Steal My Thunder

7. Who Knows Better Than I

8. Titanic

9. Queen Anne's Lace

10. My Baby's Gone

11. Eye Of The Storm

12. Ain't It That Way (live)

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And how many comancheros have ridden, murdered, loved and promised that they will return on the streets of LA, Chicago..... . a n d I say lo siento, but while you're at it, come carry the caskets.
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One of the great songs.
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Yes!
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David and Sergio stop by the little town of Pomeroy, Iowa about once a year and they are by far one of my favorites.
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accurend
Dave Olney and Sergio Web are a great duo to say the least, very good musicians, performers and song writers. Seen Davie many times over the years, he continues to improve year after year, like a fine wine. Really like My Lovely Assistant and the Migration album, super!
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That was Bloomfield,m i c h
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First saw David just him and his guitar in a church basement in Bloomfield .i was so impressed I bought two CDs.that was 1994.been listening since.
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David Olney and the x-rays go yeah! Wish they could get back together for a show or two in nashville town?!
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I met David his very first night in nashville in 1971 at a Jocks, the very day he and his best friend Steve Runkle (bless his soul) had decided to move here from South Carolina never heard him play till i heard him play at Bishops Pub in Nashville. Was he different than those i had heard there before? Well he was so much better that i followed him and even ended up working in a bar where he played regularly The Last Chance Saloon, loved it when he played I fell in love with what he had to say
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Now and Forever
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The highlight of Savannah,Ga. . . T h e Nightflight (& of course,Jones Lane Band House) was ALWAYS Dave,and the XRays! Miss that great music!(LadyD i )
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I have followed David Olney since the 1970's when his band was known as the X-Rays...he packed 'em into small venues in and around Nashville. As he grew older, his considerable writing skills were evident. He is a poet, a writer, a philosopher and, of course, a baseball addict. He has written so many songs that I can't chose my "favorite" from week to week; it depends upon my state of mind, where I am constantly amazed, Dave has been there as well.
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mikewaford
I saw this guy on a whim and consider it the best performance of the year! His lead player was also excellent!
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"Now and forever" is very good by David Olney
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"My Lovely Assistant" is image making at its best. A story and a message in three verses. That song alone would mark David Olney as a great song writer, but of course, there are many more great songs from him.

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