David Olney

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David Olney
Birth nameDavid Charles Olney
Born (1948-03-23) March 23, 1948 (age 71)
Providence, Rhode Island
Years active1971–present
Labels Philo
Strictly Music
Website www.davidolney.com

David Charles Olney is an American folk singer-songwriter.

Folk music Music of the people

Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.



He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but did not graduate, instead joining Bland Simpson's band Simpson in 1971. They recorded one album in New York, and then Olney relocated to Atlanta in 1972. [1]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also known as UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina is a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the flagship of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which also allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. Among the claimants, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only one to have held classes and graduated students as a public university in the eighteenth century.

Bland Simpson is an American author, professor, and musician from North Carolina.

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

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He moved to Nashville in 1973, attempted to sell his songs to record labels, and then formed the band The X-Rays, who recorded two albums for Rounder Records, appeared on Austin City Limits, opened for Elvis Costello, and broke up in 1985. [2]

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

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Rounder Records American record label

Rounder Records is an American record label specializing in folk, bluegrass, blues, and other forms of American roots music. Its roster includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Béla Fleck, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and Steep Canyon Rangers. Rounder's musicians have won over 40 Grammy Awards since the label's inception in 1970. The company also maintains book and video divisions.

<i>Austin City Limits</i> American television music program

Austin City Limits (ACL) is an American public television music program recorded live in Austin, Texas, by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station KLRU, and broadcast on many PBS stations around the United States. The show helped Austin to become widely known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", and is the only television show to receive the National Medal of Arts, which it was awarded in 2003. It also won a rare institutional Peabody Award in 2011 "for its more than three decades of presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres." For the first 12 seasons (1976–87), Austin City Limits was produced by the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council. Beginning in season 13 (1988), Austin City Limits moved to its current production home at Austin's PBS affiliate KLRU, the Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council. The show was created in 1974 by Bill Arhos, Bruce Scafe, and Paul Bosner.

Since then, he has performed as a solo singer-songwriter, and released more than 20 albums over four decades, including 6 live recordings. He has collaborated with artists such as John Hadley and Sergio Webb. [3]

His songs have been covered by and co-wtten with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury and Laurie Lewis, and others. The singer/Songwriter Townes Van Zandt, a friend of Olney's (but not family), said "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." [4]

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

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Emmylou Harris US-American country singer

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Steve Earle singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer

Stephen Fain Earle is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982.


Solo albums

Philo Records was founded in 1973 by half-brothers Michael Couture and Bill Schubart to record and distribute folk and traditional music. Over the course of its nine-year history, before its sale to Rounder Records in 1982, Philo produced roughly 100 albums of folk, traditional, and later, jazz, world, and new music from a converted barn-studio in North Ferrisburg, Vermont. Philo's allure to many established and emerging artists was its policy of giving them full control over their productions and repertoire.

Dead Reckoning Records is an American independent record label specializing in country music. The label was established in 1994 by musicians Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane, Mike Henderson, Tammy Rogers, and Harry Stinson produce their records without the frustrations of a major record label.

Red Parlor Records is an independent record label, founded in 2005 by Steven Goff and Jerry Krenach. Red Parlor is based in Norwalk, Connecticut and distributes its releases through Entertainment One in the US, Proper Music Distribution in the UK, and digital downloads worldwide through The Orchard/Sony Music. The label's focus is roots, rock, and blues genres. Red Parlor is known for records by Chris Whitley, David Olney, and Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.

Solo EPs

With Bland Simpson

With the X-rays

With Nashville Jug Band


As composer

As guest musician

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