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 – www.nowplayingnashville.com

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 – nashvilleshakes.org


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!

For more details visit – nashvilleshakes.org


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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 Bol.com

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 – www.wxnafm.org

For more about David’s program visit – www.facebook.com/Free-Fall-with-David-Olney

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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 – www.pastemagazine.com

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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.

For more details visit – nashvilleshakes.org


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First time back in this area since 2014! Anticipating longer days and the jump to Daylight Savings Time, David Olney will be making the one-hour hop ahead of that clock-spin from March 3-13 as he crosses from Central Time to visit various cities along the East Coast of the US, including shows at:

Ashland Coffee & Tea – Ashland, VA
St. Mark Presbyterian Church – Rockville, MD
Landhaven Antiques – Barto, PA
The Extended Play Sessions – Norwood, MA
Good Times Café – Hinesburg, VT
First Encounter Coffeehouse – Cape Cod, MA
Kathryn’s House Concerts – New York, NY

For confirmed tour dates and venue links head to the shows page.


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Well at least to Kansas City… David had a great time recently at annual Folk Alliance International convention held in that fair city.

It was a week full of panels (with Tim McFadden, Dan Navarro, Carrie Elkin, Anthony da Costa and Jadea Kelly), performances (James McMurty, Mike Stinson, Danny Schmidt, Lowell “Banana” Levinger, Tommy Womack, Steve Dawson, Brock Zeman, Matt Patershuk, David Stoddard and many others) and a pop-up recording session (with Brock Zeman, Scott Nolan and Daniel Seymour courtesy of Sweetwater Studios / Mohave Audio)

Here’s a quick pictorial round-up of the fun.


David Olney, Carrie Elkin, Dan Navarro, Anthony da Costa and moderator Tim McFadden on “Inspiration, Inc.” panel


Up close and personal with David Olney during The Oklahoma Room showcase.
Photo by Phil Clarkin Photography.


(L-R) David Olney, Scott Nolan, Daniel Seymour & Brock Zeman stirring up a tornado at the Sweetwater Studios-Mohave Audio Pop-Up Studio

88d687d3-6300-487b-b108-8fddbe26e28b(L-R) Daniel Seymour, Tommy Womack, David Olney & Lowell Levinger
(aka Banana from The Youngbloods) dang near jammin’ ’til the break of dawn


David Olney and Daniel Seymour on the red carpet


Daniel Seymour accompanies David Olney for aSqueaky String Productions-Jenni Finlay Promotions show at Knucklehead’s.
Photo by Cary Baker.

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Many songwriters draw inspiration from the Bible, but only one has re-told the Passion story in a modern-day voice from the perspectives of others who may have been there over 2,000 years ago — all without ever mentioning specific religions or even Jesus Christ.

“I’ve just discovered you, from Emmylou Harris’s version of Jerusalem Tomorrow.  I’m in the UK. Is It possible to order ‘The Stone’ as a download?”  – JR, a new fan, Feb. 2016

You can hear more about the evolving soul of man (and “Brays”) in David Olney’s “The Stone” (Deadbeet Records, 2012) here.

Once again, David will be performing “The Stone” along with other indelible philosophical and melodic songs on PALM SUNDAY – March 20, 2016 – in Urbana, IL. He will share this story during the 10:45 am morning service, as well as a full-scale 3:00 pm matinee show at St. Matthew Lutheran Church that same day. No Admission for either. A hat will be passed for donations to Sola Gratia Farm. All ages welcome! More information: (217) 367-1189. Here’s a peek back at David Olney sharing the good word on Palm Sunday 2015


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Border Crossing

For the second time in more than 10 years, David Olney will head NORTH of the US Border — this time, to Eastern Canada in early April. He’ll be recording with Brock Zeman and playing a few dates in and around the greater Ottowa, Ontario area.

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