Nothing is off limits in February when David Olney returns to Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, MO on Feb. 17 & 18 for an official showcase as well as several private & pop-up showcases and recording sessions. This year¹s FAI theme is Forbidden Folk, with a nod to protest songs. Hmmm.

Of course, half the fun is getting there and back. You¹ll have a chance to cheer the boys along the way, as David will be accompanied by Daniel Seymour for shows 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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Jan. 18-19, 2017, David and Brock Zeman team up for a Roots On The RailsAdventure: The Cities of The Saints rolling concert tour, on the leg from New Orleans to San Antonio. These intimate train trips across America resonate for a long time. Highly recommended any time of year.

Later this month, OREGON beckons, with a trilogy of shows in Portland, Eugene and Cottage Grove on January 26 – 27 ­ 28. You’ll also be able to stream a live on-air radio visit on KRVM-Radio on Sat., Jan. 28.

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If you’ve been tuning in to the weekly #YouNeverKnow video broadcasts online each Tuesday, you already know David Olney has been sharing lots of new songs and spent one week in 2016 recording with award-winning singer-songwriter/producer Brock Zeman at Big Muddy Studios in Ottawa, Canada with an entirely new cast of musicians. That studio album –  Don’t Try To Fight It – will be released on March 31, 2017 on Red Parlor Records (the same folks who released One Tough Town in 2007!) More to come on pre-orders and other special offers.

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Get Behind The Mule

David Olney and Jamison Sevits visiting with DJ Tim Hibbs for the Vinyl Lunch at ACME Radio in Nashville, TN (Dec. 7, 2016) celebrating Tom Waits Birthday and talking about the 11th Annual Get Behind The Mule: Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN held on Dec. 10, 2016.

LISTEN to that archived broadcast along with LIVE PERFORMANCES by clicking HERE.

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Don’t get stumped during this season of giving. We’ve got a little “Sale By Email” to help you with that list. From now through Dec. 31, 2016, you can save $10 USD on your combo-order of HOLIDAY IN HOLLAND & A MONTH OF SONNETS, receiving both for $30 plus shipping & handling. Want it autographed? Just include your dedication request when ordering.

The “Holiday In Holland” DVD + CD features David Olney accompanied by Sergio Webb captured live-in-concert while on tour in The Netherlands in December 2013 along with Four Acoustic performances, as well as exclusive interview footage with David about his artistic history, musical awakening, early Nashville stories, current escapades and more. The CD includes all of the songs from DVD plus Two Bonus Songs.

OLNEY Holiday COVER SIDE.30The “A Month Of Sonnets” Book presents 30 different very personal Sonnets penned by David Olney and printed in the man’s own handwriting on acid-free paper in a 36-page paperback binding with an original illustration of the Phases of the Moon on the cover.

do_monthofsonnetsnewcoverTo Order the HOLIDAY IN HOLLAND & A MONTH OF SONNETS combo, receiving both for $30 plus shipping & handling. Email your request to

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Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 has us turning our wheels, accompanied by fiddle/mandolin extraordinaire Ward Stout, towards the White Water Tavern in LITTLE ROCK, AR ; the Live Oak in FORT WORTH, TX ; the UniTunes Coffeehouse Concert Series in HOUSTON, TX and for the first time this decade Cheatham Street Warehouse in SAN MARCOS, TX on a co bill with Kevin Welch.

We return home just in time for the Get Behind The Mule: 11th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN at The 5 Spot. Always a good time performing the songs of Tom Waits with many other fine artists on the bill while raising money so others might eat.

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After a failed attempt to prove that humans really can fly and a few weeks of healing, the neck brace is off and we¹re back on the road!  Sadly, we had to cancel all appearances in support of the new A Month Of Sonnets Book during the recent Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. Apologies to those of you who made the trip. Hope you enjoyed the other authors and artists that weekend.

Thanks to Mary Gauthier for the invitation to share songs with her, Verlon Thompson and Beth Nielsen Chapman at her Performing Songwriter Workshop at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville in early November. A moving evening, for sure.

Easing back in to the groove in mid-November, there were two amazing writers-in-the-round: one at the magical Balsam Mountain Inn in Western North Carolina with Annie McCue & Peter Cooper; the other at the world famous The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN with Tim O’Brien, Scott Miller and Abbie Gardner (of Red Molly). What a boost!

Photo by John Partipilo.

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Seriously David Olney has been an on-air DJ at WXNA-Radio for more than four months. His #YouNeverKnow Songwriter Series Video shorts have been streamcast on YouTube and at for more than eight years.

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Every Tuesday from 11 am – 12/Noon (Central Time), you can listen to “Free Fall with David Olney” broadcasting LIVE on your dial in Nashville at 101.5 FM and streaming online at

More on WXNA and other great programs on there HERE
More on David Olney’s radio program HERE


You Never Know
Every Tuesday evening, you can visit David Olney online to see & hear a new episode of his “YOU NEVER KNOW” Songwriter Series weekly video shorts where he performs a song and shares the story behind it.

Archived episodes are on his YouTube channel HERE as well as on Facebook.

This week’s episode HERE

“I enjoy your YouTube shows.  Steve Earle once said you were the best songwriter ever so I googled you!  That is how I found your channel.  You are another artist’s artist like Steve Earle.  #SteveEarleFan  #LoveGoodLyrics”

– Linda, via YouTube in regard to David Olney “You Never Know” (March 8, 2016)

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With a few days off between Shakespeare In The Park(s) in Middle Tennessee, David picks up his six-string for a couple of performances during Americana Music Week AKA AmericanaFest in Nashville Sept. 19-25, 2016. You have two opportunities to lay witness on the #RoadToAmericanaFest:

dodanbobbysidlephotobyjohnpartipilo_march26_2016Photograph courtesy of John Partipilo

Thurs., Sept. 22 from 5-8 pm at The 5 Spot
Sitting in with The Mark Robinson Showband for several songs, as is Knoxville’s newly recognized first official Poet Laureate RB Morris. The show is Free for badge/wristband holders. $5 for all others.

Sat., Sept. 24 from 7-9:30 pm at Bobby’s Idle Hour on Music Row
This one is nothing but net, with David and his band rockin’ the full set. No cover. Mind the jar.

Coming in mid-October, David will present his newly published A Month Of Sonnets(Music City Publishing) — at Humanities Tennessee’s 28th Annual Southern Festival of Books — at the War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville. He’ll also be performing with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “The Bard In-the-Round” at the SFoB as well as performing in a Literary Songwriter’s  Round at Douglas Corner with RB Morris, Tom House & Michael Supe Granda.


Look for shows in North Carolina, Texas and Oregon, as well! All David Olney tour dates HERE

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Have YOU seen David Olney letting loose with William Shakespeare in his role as Aegeon in “The Comedy Of Errors”? The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 29th Annual summer production closes out its month-long run at the Centennial Park Bandshell near The Parthenon in Nashville, TN with one FINAL weekend THIS Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (Sept. 15-18, 2016). The play is set in 1960s Nashville with original music by David Olney, Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley. Two sets of identical twins, a troupe of madcap characters and a kicking country band (also featuring David Olney) will make this one of the most memorable evenings you’ll have this summer.

Full details online at –

Can’t make it this weekend? You’ll have four more chances to lay witness to Olney’s exceptional elocution later this month and in to early October as The Nashville Shakespeare Festival takes “The Comedy Of Errors” on the road to Academy Park in Franklin, TN on Thursday & Friday  Sept. 29-30 and Saturday & Sunday Oct. 1-2, 2016.

For more details visit –


Photos by Rick Malkin Photography.


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What’s got David Olney dancing? David Olney will be returning to The Nashville Shakespeare Festival summer stage with another Shakespearean acting role and more! “The Comedy of Errors” gets a uniquely Nashville spin with original music also by David Olney, as well as Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley.

As Shakespeare’s shortest and zaniest play, the show is a Nashville Shakespeare Festival signature work set in 1960s Nashville. This family-friendly performance is directed by Nashville Shakespeare Festival Executive Artistic Director Denice Hicks – one of our favorite people – and is sure to get you dancing, too.

Join us at the Centennial Park Bandshell to see for yourself. “The Comedy of Errors” runs August 20-21, 27-28, Sept. 3-5, 10-11, 15-18 with Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2 in Franklin, TN just added!

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Since Bill Shakespeare’s got David Olney’s tongue (and feet) in Nashville all month, he’s keeping his musical chops warm with a fiery residency at The 5 Spot in Nashville on 4-out-of-5 Wednesdays in August. Why not all 5 Wednesdays? He’s got technical rehearsals for his role in The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “The Comedy Of Errors”. It would NOT be funny if he missed that. So, we’ve asked Scott Miller to play that one Wednesday.  Whether you’ve heard Scott’s music or not, it’s highly recommended you catch his live show.

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