Perhaps you’ve heard of Mr. Rodney Crowell? His new album, “Close Ties” hits close to home. Be sure to listen to “Nashville 1972” where he takes a nostalgic look back at Nashville and name-checks the characters who came in search of a song, including yours truly. See and hear a recent CBS-TV “Saturday Sessions” live performance:
San Francisco-based progressive bluegrass band Front Country is fairly new to Nashville, but knows a good song is timeless. Lend an ear to their new “Other Love Songs” album, featuring a brilliant recording of “Millionaire” (originally released by David Olney on his “Roses” album on Philo/Rounder Records).
Listen to Front Country’s version here:
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!
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:
“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
“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
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
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
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