Who IS DAVID OLnEY?
"Americana Pioneer” singer-songwriter/recording artist, stream-caster and actor David Olney is well-known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances.
Recorded by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Slaid Cleaves, The Wailin’ Jennys & many others, David shares his songs and the story behind it in his weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series videos posted every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube.
“…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.”
about "THIS SIDE OR THE OTHER":
David Olney’s New Album Examines The Shadowy Situations Up And Around Walls, Over Borders and Asks For Open Hearts
Nashville, TN – One listen to the brand new album, “This Side or The Other,” and you’ll know David Olney is a man familiar with the wandering life and yearning heart of a poet. After more than 30 years in music, he’s had as many incarnations as you can imagine. His resume has expanded to include acting, poetry and a popular weekly streamcast. All of this adds to Olney’s strength as a songwriter’s songwriter, and one of Nashville’s founding fathers of Americana music.
While “This Side or The Other” is not a concept album, there are some recurring themes. The frequent reference to walls in these songs – walls being built and tumbling down – will suggest that while Olney has encountered more than his own share of walls, he is still trying his best to understand them.
"THIS side or the other" song-by-song
David Olney discusses the inspiration behind the songs on "This Side Or The Other"
Always The Stranger
I think of Johnny Cash. The eternal outsider. I also think of all the refugees wandering through the world trying to find a safe and welcoming place to settle down. In the bridge, I pictured the Magi following a star through the desert, beyond all where and beyond all why.
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Listen to David discuss the art of songwriting on Songcraft: Spotlight On Songwriters Podcast
EPISODE 70: DAVID OLNEY
Deeper Well: The Songwriter’s Songwriter’s Songwriter
Scott Bomar and Paul Duncan catch up with David Olney to get the scoop on why his childhood paper route shaped his future career; how Kris Kristofferson was responsible for drawing him to Nashville; why touring with Melissa Etheridge gave birth to one of his most beloved songs; the reason he’s drawn to give voice to inanimate objects; what happened when he gave up control and let Emmylou Harris take one of his songs to a whole new place; why actors and songwriters are held to different standards of authenticity; and why good writing is just “chasing your pen down a piece of paper.”
STiLL A CONTENDER?
Nashville Scene: David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?
The late Townes Van Zandt was the best songwriter in the whole wide world, Steve Earle said in an oft-cited quote, “and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Seventeen years after Van Zandt’s death, the Americana artists who followed in his wake still speak of him the way rockers invoke John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix — as a standard bearer who represents a pinnacle of credibility and craft.
Had he been the coffee-table orating type, however, whose name would Van Zandt have declared?
“Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney,” Van Zandt wrote. “Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.”