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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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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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