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David Olney


Through decades of performing and 20 album releases, David Olney has built a reputation, not as a kind-hearted troubadour, but as a performing songwriter with a sharp literary mind that often cuts to the bone of the human condition.


Folk/Americana/Blues - Originals


Constantly performing worldwide, David infuses his live performances with an intensity that converts many new listeners into die-hard fans. His intelligent compositions radiate that same intensity. Whether the subject matter is heartbreak or armed robbery, Olney's cinematic style and fearless approach to lyric writing have won him a reputation as a kind of musical outlaw.

Olney's first taste of show biz success came in 1975 when he fronted the band The X-Rays. By 1978 they were one of the hottest bands on Nashville's alternative music scene, winning a slot on Austin City Limits, opening for Elvis Costello, and landing a deal with Rounder Records. Later Olney signed as a solo artist with the Rounder/Philo label, releasing six critically acclaimed albums.

With maturity, Olney has decided he is not interested in playing it safe. His music takes us on a back roads tour of life, and, while totally entertaining, shows us a side that isn't always pretty.

Olney's songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and Lonnie Brooks, earning him a worldwide reputation as one of the best songwriters in America.

According to late Olney friend and fan Townes Van Zandt, "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. "


David Olney

277 Cumberland Circle · Nashville, TN 37214 · (615) 942-9866
Email:   booking@chipaustinagency.com