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:

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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.

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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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“David Olney is one of the many Americana troubadours who tours [The Netherlands] with great regularity, but as lyricist, is touted a lot higher than many of his colleagues. The man from Nashville has made thirty albums, both raw rockers and melodic ballads in his repertoire…Olney emits a cross-section of his vast repertoire on ‘Holiday In Holland’…And there are real gems in this collection.”  – King Elmo, review via

Having toured Europe regularly for the better part of this Century, David Olney has built quite a following across the pond. The “Holiday In Holland” DVD + full-length Audio CD is a first for David. The DVD includes live concert and interview footage along with acoustic outtakes from David Olney’s European tour in December 2013. Capturing the stories of growing up in New England and North Carolina, coming of musical age in Nashville, ruminating on what the future holds for the sexagenarian and more inspiring fodder.

Preview the DVD here and buy here.


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Ever wonder what music inspires the Maestro? Take a “Free Fall with David Olney” every Tuesday from 11 am – 12 Noon (Central Time) on the new WXNA-LP Nashville — on your dial in Nashville at 101.5 FM and streaming online.

13407251_1604311356548711_2149225477984784890_nWXNA Radio is a brand-spanking-new community owned, free-form radio station launched earlier this month. It features eclectic, original programming with disc jockeys from all walks of life, including artists Tommy Womack, Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin, Paul Burch and of course David Olney.

For more about the station and full programming visit –

For more about David’s program visit –

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Having arrived in Nashville in the magical 1970s, David Olney also has history with another stellar songwriter by the name of Guy Clark. There have been a number of articles and stories written about Guy’s contributions. This appreciation piece by Geoff Himes written for PASTE Magazine connects the dots about how singular and disciplined Guy was about his craft – whether it was songwriting or building a guitar.

Read Geoff’s article here –

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Inspiration comes in many forms. As many of you know, David Olney and the recently departed Steve Young were connected in several ways, including Steve Young being the first in Nashville to record one of David’s songs (“If My Eyes Were Blind” and “Contender”). Steve’s son, Jubal Lee Young (who recorded David’s “Way I Am”), honored Steve and his music with a Tribute at BMI’s Nashville headquarters earlier this month, which featured many talented folks, including David performing Steve’s “Have A Laugh” with everyone up on stage for the final number.

Watch that Tribute show and discover more of Steve Young’s songs –

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You might want to make that visit between August 20 and September 18th for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of “The Comedy Of Errors” where David Olney will be returning to that stage with some new music and another Shakespearean acting role! Will he wear tights? You’ll just have to come out to the Centennial Park Bandshell to see for yourself. Performances dates: August 20-21, 27-28, Sep 3-5, 10-11, 15-18.

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