Rebel or Renegade?

Making the trip to Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO in mid-February?  Make plans to join us at the 2018 Rebels and Renegades Showcase at Knucklehead’s Saloon. The show starts at 4:30pm with Emily Herring, Mary Gauthier, Paul Luc, Graham Weber, Tim Easton, Bob and Uni Walkenhorst and Chris Fullerton before we hit the stage for a full set starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are only $10, or FREE with a Folk Alliance badge. Free shuttle from/to the Westin FAI host hotel, as well. Click on one of the images below for more on this notorious event.

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Going…Going….GET THE WINTER 2017 NO DEPRESSION PRINT JOURNAL BEFORE IT’S GONE! In the Winter 2017 print journal, No Depression takes a deep look at singer-songwriters and what (and who) fuels their creativity. Interviews with The Avett Brothers, Ani DiFranco, Jason Isbell, and more, plus articles about Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” (written by David Olney), Bob Dylan’s
“Time Out of Mind”, and lots more. Purchase this issue, or check out
our subscription options to make sure you keep ’em coming all year long!
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Al Mcginnes, David Olney, Malcolm Holcombe & Alan Kaufman at The Burl in Lexington, KY. Photograph by John Partipilo.  (Aug. 9, 2017).

Early August shows with THE LIBERTY CIRCUS (TLC) generated thousands of dollars benefiting the ACLU and other local groups who assist refugees and immigrants. A project launched by Malcolm Holcombe and featuring RB Morris, Alan Kaufman, Al Maginnes, David Olney and a rotating cast on-stage,  The Liberty Circus album captures the songs and mood of this troupe. Get your copy of the new album and learn more about TLC HERE.


David Olney contemplating his performance with The Liberty Circus before the benefit concert at The Burl in Lexington, KY. Photograph by John Partipilo. (Aug. 9, 2017).

Thanks to Wayne Bledsoe at The Knoxville News for sharing this story in support of TLC’s recent show at the Modern Studios:

“Olney says the thing that might connect all of the artists involved is believing in the power of music.”  Full story HERE

You’ll be hearing more from David Olney about borders and walls in 2018 and beyond. 

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You know how music soothes the savage beast. Not sure how many of ‘em are in the Northern parts of Florida but we aim to tame the gators in Apalachiocola – Sarasota – Palm Harbor – and St. Augustine on tour Thurs., Nov. 9 – 10 – 11 – 12. Hope you can join us and share the good word!

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“Being an avid Elvis Costello fan, I first heard the name David Olney when I saw that he and his band the X-Rays were the opening act for Costello’s famous “country show” at the Grand Ole Opry in 1982. It didn’t take me long after that to discover the depth of talent that Olney has as a songwriter.”

Still needing answers?  You can find 5 more here at the Esthestic Lens
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What you missed in Nashville, TN at the hatWRKS HAPPENIN’ during AmericanaFest 2018:

David Olney with multi-instrumentalist Ward Stout at\ AmericanaFest 2017’s HatWRKS event in Nashville, TN. (Sept. 15, 2017) Photo by Carol Graham.

David Olney & his band inviting us under the “Big Top” at AmericanaFest 2017’s HatWRKS event in Nashville, TN. (Sept. 15, 2017) Photo by Van DeLisle.


David Olney & co-conspirator John Hadley between sets at AmericanaFest 2017’s HatWRKS event in Nashville, TN. Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil (Sept. 15, 2017).

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Mohammad goes to the mountain on Sat., August 12 with Scott Miller and Tommy Womack for a writer round at the Balsam Mountain Inn near Waynesboro, NC.
If you missed us in Savannah in early May, please join us on Friday, Aug. 18 for our debut at the Tybee Post Theater in Tybee Island, GA. It looks like a stellar venue!  Look for at return to The Cary Theater in the greater Raleigh, NC area on Sat., Aug. 19 as part of the Six String Presents series. Although with Daniel Seymour accompanying, it’s more like ten strings.
We hit the Heartland Aug. 24 through 27 with shows at 1900 Park in St. Louis, MO – the Uptown Grill’s Playlist Theater in Lasalle, IL – a debut at the Black Dog House Concert Series in Chicago, IL – and rounding out the run at WFHB’s “Firehouse Follies” in Bloomington, IN.  
Not sure what it’ll get you but the secret password for all of these performances is: Jabberwocky.
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Another victorious round of tour dates up and down the East Coast of the US in support of the new “Don’t Try To Fight It” record. BIG thanks to all who came out to hear and see these performances, as well as to the fine hosts, venues, music journalists and dee-jays who helped make it all happen. As always, we enjoyed meeting so many new folks and revisiting with longtime friends and fans. We aim to return to that area in May of 2018.

Photo courtesy of the Wardsboro Curtain Call, Wardsboro, VT

David Olney is a living piece of American art. For more than 30 years he’s made music both as an individual and as part of various bands. He’s opened for some of the greats, been covered by some other greats and worked collaboratively with even more greats. His songwriting is clever, evocative, and always carries within it a sense of surprise.”      

( Nolan Parker, Livingston County News – Lima, NY)

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The Liberty Circus
is Malcolm Holcombe, Alan Kaufman, RB Morris and Al Maginnes along with a cast of other rotating artists raising their voices in support of refugees and immigrants. In March, David Olney recorded a couple of new songs with the group for an album and tour this August. Proceeds from the shows will directly benefit organizations working with “Lady Liberty’s tired, poor masses yearning to breathe free”.  More on that borderline, and online HERE


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David Olney visits with Alamo Jones The Voice in Black on the The Alamo Jones Show on SiriusXM Radio‘s SiriusXM Outlaw Country Channel 60 on SATURDAY, July 15 and  again on SUNDAY, JULY 16! It’s a great four-hour show, with David Olney sitting in on the 4th hour for some conversation, a live performance and listening to songs from his new “Don’t Try To Fight It” record. Alamo Jones – a/k/a “The Voice in Black” – worked cue cards for The Johnny Cash Show and toured the world with the “Man in Black” before launching his own recording career and serving as a trusty sidekick for the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement at the Cowboy Arms Hotel And Recording Spa.

#DontTryToFightIt #YouNeverKnow #WhenTheDealGoesDown

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Pretty exciting to be featured in the just released July-August issue of American Songwriter Magazine. Thanks to Rick Moore for sharing coffee and our conversation. On news-stands and in bookstores now. Click here for more:  
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Look for shows in the Mid-Atlanic and East Coast in July, with new dates posted in the Carolinas and the Midwest in August – as well as couple of truly special collaborative shows with The Liberty Circus (more on that project, soon).

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