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.