Couldn’t make it to Nashville for the big MUSIC+ART EVENT? We’re comin’ to you! Look for performances in April at The Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville, MO on April 7, followed by a long trek to Nacogdoches, TX for a special Palm Sunday performance before we fly to Eastern Canada for the rest of the month on the road with friends Brock Zeman & Blair Hogan co-billing.

In early May, the greater Washington, D.C. area calls with the H.O.P.E. Benefit Concert on May 7, also featuring Esther Haynes and Tom Prasada-Rao. Later that week on May 12, we take the BAND ON THE ROAD to Savannah, GA for the Night Flight Reunion outdoor event at the Ships Of The Seas Museum, where we share the stage with the Swimming Pool Qs and the Randall Bramblett Band. Oh Yeah!

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Photograph by John Partipilo. APRIL FOOLS MUSIC + ART EVENT for “Don’t Try To Fight It” Album Release at The 5 Spot – Nashville, TN.

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LIVE FIGHT ON THE RADIO Friday, 3/31 & Saturday 4/1
We’re marching in to April with the NEW “Don’t Try To Fight It” album OUT TODAY! How about this early reaction:

Don't Try To Fight It album cover

“Sometimes an artist writes and records a song that just flat out lets
 everyone know that they are the coolest MFer in the room. The title track on the upcoming David Olney record produced by Brock Zeman throws down this particular gauntlet so hard it just cracked the floorboard of my car.”  (The Broken Jukebox, Adam Dawson)

The Alternate Root Top Ten Songs of the Week on Saturday, March 25, 2017 – highlights the first song from the album “If They Ever Let Me Out”

LISTEN LIVE: Fri., March 31 – 12/Noon-2:00 pm (Central Time) – ACME Radio – Full two-hour live performance & CD spins w/ Host Tim Hibbs on The Vinyl Lunch. If you’re in #Nashville, come on down to Acme Feed & Seed and see it live through the “bubble” in the front window.

LISTEN LIVE: Fri., March 31 – 4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time) – WMOT-FM / Roots Radio – Live performance & CD spins w/ Host Jessie Scott on Yeehaw

LISTEN LIVE: Sat., April 1 – 1:00-2:00 pm (Central Time) – WXNA-FM – Live performance & CD spins w/ Gina Frary Bacon on Nashville U

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Photograph by John Partipilo

In stark contrast to the kegger-on-the-red-mud-riverbank trope that makes up a sizable swath of commercial country nowadays, Olney effortlessly explores the characters who appear in his songs with genuine philosophical insight and lyrical deftness.” 

–> Full Nashville Scene story by Skip Anderson HERE


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The new “Don’t Try To Fight It” album comes out worldwide on Friday, March 31. You can now pre-order it online at , iTunes and at The collection features 10 new songs produced by award-winning singer-songwriter Brock Zeman & recorded at the Big Muddy Studios in Carleton Place, Ottawa with all Canadian players, including folks like Juno Award-winning Steve Dawson.

Join us in Nashville on April Fool’s Day – Saturday, April 1 – to celebrate this milestone with an early MUSIC + ART EVENT at The 5 Spot in #Nashville from 6-8:30 pm. Special guests Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan will open the evening before David Olney and his band hit the stage. Original art from Gwil Owen will be on display and for sale. You’ll recognize Gwil’s work on the cover as well as one of the co-writers of some of the music on the new album.


The Canadian Connection

The new album was “made in Canada” so we’re taking the “Fight” way up North in late April, on tour in Eastern Canada with Brock Zeman & Blair Hogan in our corner.  We played a few shows together last year. This run will be epic. Tickets on sale now.
There are lots of new shows posted online. Look for the David Olney trio performing at the Ships Of The Seas Museum in Savannah, GA in May. We’re also looking forward to heading up the East Coast accompanied by Daniel Seymour in July.
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David Olney with Daniel Seymour at the Rebels & Renegades Showcase presented by Jenni Finlay Promotions, Squeaky String Productions and conqueroo at Threadgill’s
during SXSW in Austin, TX (March 18, 2017).

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It’s been a few years since we’ve been in the belly of the beast also known as Austin during SXSW Week. We stop along the way to perform in LITTLE ROCK on a bill with Mark Currey at the Four Quarter Bar THIS THURSDAY, March 16 as we head to Texas. 
We play three shows THIS SATURDAY, March 18 in Austin, closing out the evening at the G&S Lounge in honor of John Conquest, who was the force behind NotSXSW before he moved on from this world last Fall. Thanks to Jimmy for keeping the flame alive.  You’ll definitely hear the songs from “Don’t Try To Fight It” and might even be able to buy a copy before it’s on the street.
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A sucker-punch masterpiece of imagery and words from seasoned singer-songwriter with new cross-border collaborations…

David Olney doesn’t change his appearance; he changes reality’s appearance. He changes the room and the way we feel inside the room. He changes hearts, minds, and moods like the rest of us change bedsheets, only without the hassle of ill-fitted corners. His songs are marvels of surprise and delight.

With Olney, we arrive expecting the unexpected and still wind up sucker-punched.

On his release, Don’t Try To Fight It, (Red Parlor Records) we find David Olney carving these small works of art as the listener becomes enchanted by the cinematic depiction of colors, the weather, the room, the concerned clown and a whistling watchman.

Don’t Try To Fight It was produced and recorded at The Big Muddy Recording Studio located in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, by Brock Zeman. The young Canadian musician impressed the seasoned statesman so much he was given full production credit as earned Olney’s trust, and thus a friendship blossomed. The story of David Olney and Brock Zeman couldn’t be more organic and exciting to hear: “David is an eccentric, a gentleman and a true artist who has devoted the better part of his life to his artistic vision,” the up-and-coming producer states. “I applaud his passion for creativity and his need to evolve and reshape his craft.”

The result with Don’t Try To Fight It, is an extraordinary new collection of words, melody, rhythm, unreliable narrators, violent bluster, wistful introspection, freaks, liars, crooks, weirdos, and lovers.

“I like the ones where you take something in, and it’s suddenly more than you had assumed,” he says. “It’s like the plumber starts singing opera: You didn’t see it coming. There are very few encounters with art where a punch hasn’t been telegraphed.”

“If They Ever Let Me Out” is rocking swing-out tune with horns echoing the frustrations out of a pacing inmate that just wants to make a new life outside of his cell. The prisoner promises he will behave and be a good citizen, but as he ponders more, he laments, “you can’t get away with nothin’ anymore…”

The song “Big Top” is a classic Olney storytelling song, as he explains, “In my mind, I see a flat Oklahoma landscape with a circus tent in the distance. The sky is a sick green, and a storm is surely coming. In the foreground is a very concern clown.”

The ballad of “Ferris Wheel” is sweet and lilting. The listener is along for the ride as it depicts the innocence of first love as the slow-paced ride rotates. Olney and his primary co-writer John Hadley are master storytellers, taking us to the top.

The push and pull vocal/lyrical action behind title song, “Don’t Try To Fight It” is another genius move by David Olney while sitting down with Kieran Kane to help finish up the song. The phone rings, Olney stops and says “I hear a ringing, somebody get it…” the train passes by the house during the session, and it becomes a part of the song, “I hear a train, I want to ride it…” Olney can truly interact with his surroundings, grab it and make it bigger than life.

David Olney continues to develop as a true artist and Renaissance man: he is a Shakespearean actor, a writer of sonnets and the on-air host of “Free Fall” on Nashville’s radio station WXNA. His weekly video social media video posts called “You Never Know”; are engaging with David talking about everything from culture to touring to playing songs always mixing it up with some Olney humor.

One of the songs chosen for the album was a previously unrecorded tune written in Olney’s youth called, “Yesterday’s News,” that tells of the never ending quest for “fame and fortune” as part of every storyteller’s journey. It’s the thrill and the underbelly fire of inspiration that keeps him going.

“I was writing about how thrilling it was to be in Nashville, trying to get songs out there,” says Olney, whose songs have gotten out there on his 26 acclaimed albums, and in versions by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, and Linda Ronstadt. “That feeling is still there for me: The feeling that something… some really good thing… is looming.”

What The Press Says:

“… Gripping and thought-provoking, proves Olney to be a stone-cold storyteller with an intriguing philosophical bent.”  – Acoustic Guitar Magazine 

“In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become a pioneer of the Americana music scene” – San Francisco Chronicle 

“Olney rocks with blistering intensity … but he also mesmerizes.”  – The Philadelphia Inquirer 

David Olney – Don’t Try To Fight It – March 31, 2017

Red Parlor Records
Distributed by Virtual Label Group, Red Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment

Publicity: Jill Kettles – Miss Jill PR – T- 404-213-8542 and E)

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We plan to celebrate the release of David Olney’s new “Don’t Try To Fight It” record with an early show at The 5 Spot in Nashville on Sat., APRIL 1st a/k/a April Fool’s Day. Seems fitting, eh. Make plans to join us from 6-9 pm as special guests Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan roll down from Canada to open the evening. Truly — one show you do not want to miss. No joke.

Detail of Original Art by Gwil Owen, titled “Hercules Battles The TVA”

David will be hitting the road way up North with Blair and Brock in late April with shows in Eastern Canada, playing with his band in May in Savannah, GA and perhaps other stops, and on the road on the East Coast and beyond accompanied by Daniel Seymour
All David Olney tour dates linked HERE
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Spring is fighting to break through February’s gloom. Supporting that surge, David Olney will release 10 new tunes on his “Don’t Try To Fight It” album coming out worldwide on Red Parlor Records on March 31, 2017. The new collection was produced and recorded by Ottawa’s award-winning Brock Zeman at his Big Muddy Studios in Canada with all new players and a brand-new approach.
Can’t wait? Get a preview of the new album THIS WEEK as David Olney returns to perform at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO & plays a few “extended Valentine’s Day week” shows along the way on Feb. 15, 16 & 19 at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, MO, The Depot in Shenandoah, IA and at 1900 Park Creative Space in St. Louis, MO.
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Everything seems to change with the seasons, including radio station programming. Good news for those who have been tuning in to David Olney’s weekly “Free Fall” radio show every Tuesday from 11am to 12/Noon (Central Time). The show has been renewed!  Tune-in to WXNA-Radio at 101.5 FM in Nashville & streaming LIVE online at   The show is not currently archived but you can peruse Playlists from previous “Free Fall” shows and keep up with David’s on-air antics HERE


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