David Olney

David Olney

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkAmericana

"In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become A PIONEER OF THE AMERICANA MUSIC SCENE." ~ The S.F. Chronicle

"Olney stands out LIKE A JALAPENO IN A BOWL OF VANILLA PUDDING in Nashville." ~ Houston Press

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Biography

http://www.DavidOlney.com
Nashville-based touring and recording artist David Olney is just back from a California co-bill tour with Anne McCue, which was preceded by a triumphant debut tour of Australia in March, followed by a new album release tour in Scandinavia. During this recent touring, his "Postcard From Mexico" song was prominently used in the ABC-TV "Nashville" show. In addition to always being on tour, David broadcasts every Tuesday on his website via YouTube with his "You Never Know" video shorts where he plays a song and shares the story behind it.

One of the early pioneers of what has become known as Americana music, David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings and is often likened to Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Randy Newman. His intelligent compositions have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Lonnie Brooks, Tim O’Brien, and many more. Ms. Harris says, “David Olney tells marvelous stories, with characters who cling to the hope of enduring love, all the while crossing the deep divide into that long dark night of the soul.”

Mr. Olney has also become well-known for his live performances – especially those accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Sergio Webb — packed with such intensity it leaves audiences with a truly memorable experience.

"The [David Olney] show defies description. It was highly UNUSUAL, EXCITING, ENGROSSING and OVER TOO SOON."
( NuCountry.com – Melbourne, Australia )

“Anyone interested in the true art of songwriting has an incomplete view without awareness of David Olney’s work. HIS SONGS RIVET YOU even as THEY STARTLE and AMAZE, illuminating and enriching one’s life.”
( Sing Out! Magazine )

“This was a ROOTS/AMERICANA DREAM TEAM that spoiled us rotten. RIVETING and UNFORGETTABLE.” ( Americana-UK.com )
 
“A PERFORMANCE THAT BORDERS AT TIMES ON THE ORCHESTRAL....A show PACKED WITH INCIDENT, amusement, contrast and fine, fine songsmithery."  ( The Herald - Scotland )

Lyrics

Train Wreck

Written By: David Olney & Gwil Owen

Train Wreck

You’re a train wreck, baby
That’s a fact
Goin’ too fast
You’re gonna jump the track
There’s a sharp curve comin’
You better slow it down
You never settle for a little
When a lot’ll do
You put the petal to the metal
And you barrel on through
I can hear your whistle blowin’
Clear across town
Woo…
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby
But I love you anyway

Down at Grand Central
You were makin’ a scene
Throwin’ off sparks
Blowin’ off steam
Rockin’ and a-rollin’
Like tomorrow was the judgment day
I tried to flag you down
At the crossin’ gate
You came tearin’ off the mountain
Seven hours late
Down at the switchin’ yard
There’s gonna be hell to pay
Woo…
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby
But I love you anyway

Am I just another hobo
Standin’ by your track
You hauled away my heart
I want it back
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby (you’re a train wreck, baby)
You’re a train wreck, baby
But I love you anyway

Little Sparrow

Written By: David Olney & John Hadley

Little Sparrow

Sing for me little sparrow
Tell me how it feels to be alone
Sing like there’ll be no tomorrow
Love’s a dream forgotten with the dawn

Deep inside your heart there’s only sorrow
An emptiness you cannot deny
Nothing hurts so much
As longing for love’s touch
Little Sparrow mend your broken heart
And spread your wings and fly

Sing for me little sparrow
Tell me how it feels to be alone
Sing like there is no tomorrow
Love’s a dream forgotten with the dawn
Love’s a dream forgotten with the dawn

You Never Know

Written By: David Olney

You Never Know

Just ‘cause she smiles
Don’t mean she likes you
Just ‘cause she growls
Don’t mean she’ll bite
She might be wild
But is she crazy
You never know
You never know

Is she for real?
Or is she faking?
Is she a rumor?
Is she a fact?
Is she smoke
Smoke and mirrors?
You never know
You never know

You let her get inside your mind
She might be there all the time
You never til you scratch that itch
And walk across that burning bridge

Is she the cure the doctor ordered?
Is she the fever in your brain?
Is this Paris?
Is this Newark?
You never know
You never know

Big Cadillac

Written By: David Olney

Big Cadillac

When the wheel turn around
And your number comes up
You can trade in your pencils
And your little tin cup
You can get up off your knees
You can get up off your back
When they hand you the keys
To the Big Cadillac

When your money turns green
And your inside’s straight
You’ll have kings and queens
You’ll have aces backed with eights
When your flush gets filled
With a one-eyed jack
It’s gonna be a thrill
In the Big Cadillac

Now you can buy that gun
With a trigger you can pull it
You know the pearl-handled one
That shoots silver bullets
At the shadows in the night

When the wheel turn around
And you’re the head of the class
Now you can drive uptown
Behind your tinted glass
Wear your bullet-proof vest
With the buttons down the back
You got to look your best
In the Big Cadillac

Deeper Well (recorded by Emmylou Harris)

Written By: David Olney

Deeper Well

Sun burned hot, it burned eyes
Burned so hot I thought I’d died
Thought I’d died and gone to hell
Looking for the water from a deeper well

Well, I went to the river but the river was dry
And I fell to my knees and I looked to the sky
Looked to the sky and the Spring rain fell
I drank the water from a deeper well

Well, well, well, well
I drank the water from a deeper well

I fell in love like a baby child
Fell for her touch and I fell for her smile
Smile turned bitter and her touch turned cold
Could not keep what I could not hold

So I ran with the moon and I ran with the night
And the three of us was a terrible sight
Whored and we gambled with the money we’d steal
Looking for the water from a deeper well

Well, well, well, well
I drank the water from a deeper well

The moon got weak and he soon was gone
The night got sick and he died with the dawn
Died with the dawn with a drink in his hand
Too sick to walk, too drunk to stand

Time stood still but I ran wild
And I got my fill with a crooked smile
Woke up on the floor of a jailhouse cell
Looking for the water from a deeper well

Well, well, well, well
I drank the water from a deeper well

Sweet Poison

Written By: David Olney & John Hadley

Sweet Poison

Mama told Papa dinner’s in the pot
Better come get it while your dinner’s still hot
Get it while it’s hot
Papa told Mama everybody knows
A man don’t live by his dinner alone
He needs sweet poison
Sweet poison
Sweet poison
It’s everything you need

Down at the fishin’ hole somethin’ aint right
The worm won’t wiggle and the fish won’y bite
They just won’t bite
The snitch won’t rat, the rat won’t snitch
The itch won’t scratch, the scratch won’t itch
Without sweet poison
Sweet poison
Sweet poison
It’s everything you need

You’re five grand down the rabbit hole
The cards are marked and the dice are cold
They’re stone cold
You don’t find out til way too late
Lady Luck aint no cheap date
She’s sweet poison
Sweet poison
Sweet poison
It’s every little thing you need

Discography

2012
Body Of Evidence (Box Set)
Deadbeet Records
David Olney Presents: Film Noir
The Stone
Robbery & Murder

2012
Robbery & Murder
Deadbeet Records
"Go Down Dupree"
"My Family Owns This Town"
"Gold Diamond Ring"

2012
The Stone
Deadbeet Records
"Jerusalem Tomorrow"
"Brains"
"Barabbas"
"A Soldier's Report"

2011
David Olney Presents: Film Noir
Deadbeet Records
"Frank Is Gone"
"$20 Serenade"
"The Blues Don't Care"
"Blue Moon Hotel"

2010
Dutchman's Curve
Deadbeet Records
"Train Wreck"
"Red Tail Hawk"
"If I Were You"
"Covington Girl"
"You Never Know"

2009
Ol’ Diz: A Musical Baseball Story – A Songwriters Version of a Work-In-Progress
Deadbeet Records
“The Cards Are Pitching Dizzy Dean Today”
“You Can Call Me Diz”
“Heaven’s Game”

2008
Live at Norm’s River Road House, Vol. 1 (live)
Deadbeet Records
“Ukulele Waltz”
“Kubla Khan” (Samuel Coleridge)
“The Highway’s Coming”

2007
One Tough Town
Red Parlor Records
“Sweet Poison”
“Little Mustang”
“Sweet Potato”
“One Tough Town”
“Panama City”
“Postcard From Mexico”

2006
Lenora (live)
SCR Productions (Holland)

2005
Migration
LoudHouse Records
“My Lovely Assistant”
“Lenora”
“No One Knows What Love Is”
“Light From Carolina”
“Speak Memory”

2004
Illegal Cargo (live)
SCR Productions (Holland)

2003
The Wheel
LoudHouse Records
“All the Love in the World”
“God Shaped Hole”
“Boss Don’t Shoot No Dice”
“Stonewall”
“Wheels”
2002
Women Across the River (live)
SCR Productions (Holland)

2000
Omar’s Blues
Dead Reckoning Records
“Omar’s Blues”
“If It Wasn’t For The Wind”
“Bathsheba Blues”

1999
Through a Glass Darkly
Philo Records
“1917”
“Little Bit of Poison”
“Barabbas”
“Dillinger”
“The Suicide Kid”

1999
Ghosts in the Wind (live)
Barbed Wire Records

1997
Real Lies
Philo Records
“Barrymore Remembers”
“Robert Ford & Jesse James”
“Baseball”
“Sunset on Sunset Boulevard”
“Thirty Coins of Gold”

1995
High, Wide and Lonesome
Philo Records
“My Family Owns This Town”
“Caterpillar”
“Ruby Ann”
“Flood of ‘93”
“Vincent’s Blues”

1994
Ache of Longing
Vercity/Roadsongs Records
“Soldier of Misfortune”
“Only You”
“The Man On The Flying Trapeze”

1994
Live in Holland (live)
SCR Productions (Holland)

1992
Border Crossing
Corazong Records

1991
Top to Bottom
Appaloosa Records (Italy)
“Big Cadillac”
“That’s My Story”

1991
Roses
Philo Records
“Luckiest Man”
“Millionaire”
“Love’s Been Liked to the Blues”
“That’s Why She’s with Me”
“Roses”

1989
Deeper Well
Philo Records
“Women Across the River”
“If Love Was Illegal”
“Jerusalem Tomorrow”
“Deeper Well”
“If My Eyes Were Blind”

1987
The Nashville Jug Band
Rounder Records
“Racetrack Blues”

1986
Eye of the Storm
Philo Records
“I Keep My Fingers Crossed”
“Titanic”
“Saturday Night and Sunday Morning”
“Queen Anne’s Lace”
“A Dangerous Man”

1984
Customized – Dave Olney & The X-Rays
Boulevard Records
“Customized”

1981
Contender – Dave Olney & The X-Rays
Rounder Records
“Will to Survive”
“Wait Here for the Cops”
“Love and Money”
“Contender”
“Steal My Thunder”

1971
Simpson
Columbia Records
“Black Betty”

Set List

Can perform a simple 3-song set up to 3-hours. Primarily original material with the occasional cover by distinct songwriters likes Townes van Zandt, Chuck Berry, The Meters and others.