January marks a return for David to the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The Saturday morning “Hair Of The Dog” show with Jeff Black and friends is always a highlight, as well as the hundreds of other amazing and inspiring artists sharing their stories in song at this annual gathering. Full details available from the festival website.


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We rolled this out softly in late September and now,  you can easily order David Olney’s TWO newly published books exclusively via from DavidOlney.com. If you live in Nashville and can’t wait for mail order, you can find these books only at Grimey’s/Howlin’ Books, as well.

Secrets are revealed in David’s new “The Songs of David Olney, Vol. 1” songbook. This first collection includes lyrics and chord notations for 30 of David’s classic and more recent songs in addition to his inspired thoughts about how the song came to be. The book includes color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs. Forward by Jay Pilzer. Introduction by David Olney.


David Olney shared the 30 self-penned Sonnets from his hand-assembled “A Month Of Sonnets” LIMITED EDITION of 100 books on his weekly ‘You Never Know” online Songwriter Series earlier this year. Only a few of these premium limited edition books remain. Sonnets are presented in David’s own handwriting. We also published perfect-bound versions of this book, with the phases of the moon on the cover, as seen here.


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Look for a return to The Nashville Shakespeare Festival in the Summer of 2016 featuring new music and another acting role for David Olney in production of “The Comedy Of Errors”.

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Folk Alliance 2016

Looking forward to returning to the annual  Folk Alliance International Conference & Festival in Kansas City, MO in mid-February with an official Performance Alley showcase as well as a few select private showcases. Hoping to play a couple of dates across the great states of Missouri and Illinois on the way to and from that hoopla.


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The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee has tapped David Olney to help grow awareness for the “If Trees Could Sing” program with a video PSA profiling the White Oak tree that features a live performance of David’s classic “ROSES” song from the Phil/Rounder album of the same name. Even the squirrels seem to be dancing with glee in this video!

If you’re visiting the Nashville area this summer, be sure to stop by the Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary Park to find the “David Olney”White Oak Tree marked with a “If Trees Could Sing” plaque complete with the artist’s photo. Park visitors can get a little tree lesson from the celebrities through these short videos, which can be accessed through a QR code on your smartphone while next to the tree, or online HERE.

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David has certainly been co-writing and collaborating with a lot of wonderful artists all over the world in recent months. A few weeks back, we shared news of songs he’s co-written and/or been featured on with Tom Russell and Anne McCue on their new offerings. Now, there are two other co-conspirators with new music worth your listening time!


Longtime friend and string-slinger Sergio Webb has released a new collection called “Domingo” featuring two David Olney co-writes; and, Irish singer-songwriter Ben Reel’s new album “7th” – features our hero in addition to Sergio Webb and other notable names. The Meath Chronicle in Ireland profiled Ben’s new CD with a fun write-up, which you can read by clicking HERE.


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David has been sharing self-penned Sonnets from his hand-assembled “A Month Of Sonnets” LIMITED EDITION of 100 books on his weekly “You Never Know” online Songwriter Series over the past few months. The Sonnets are featured in David’s own handwriting and each book is numbered, autographed, and can be personalized. Currently we’re only offering these for sale via email at this time. Each book is $20 + shipping/handling. Please send your request for one of these one-of-a-kind thoughtful collections of poetry to DavidOlneyAlert@gmail.com


“Howard loves it when I read to him. And currently he’s very excited about David Olney  ‘A Month of Sonnets.’ [My wife] says you cannot spoil a dog and I agree!” ~ Van DeLisle and Howard (Chicago, IL)


“I am very delighted and I’ll read it with great pleasure. Thank you very much for the personal message.” 
~  Trudy W. (The Netherlands)


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This week, David is re-joined by Sergio Webb for a run of shows in FORT WORTH, Texas; HOUSTON, Texas; and LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana. Another show was recently announced in NEW ORLEANS for this Saturday night, which includes local favorites Renshaw Davies to open the evening in support of their new CD release. This is the first time DO with Sergio have played most of these venues. Click on the poster image for ticket links and other details.

Look for David performing in East Tennessee in early JULY and Western CANADA in October. All confirmed tour dates and venue links can be found on the SHOWS page


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Roots On The Rails

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John Doe, Rick Shea, Dave Alvin & David Olney in the Overland Trail Private Railcar somewhere near Donner’s Pass on the West Of The West Train Tour – April 24-27, 2015. Photos by Conductor Bill Hatrick

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perform at The Soiled Dove in Denver, CO – April 23, 2015

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Fresh off the Dave Alvin West Of The West Train Tour (photos below)  from Denver to Los Angeles with fellow travelers Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, John Doe, Rick Shea, Christy McWilson, Sarah Borges, Robbie Fulks and others, the rubbing of the elbows in May…

David Olney,Malcolm Holcombe and Dayna Kurtz took in the hospitality at the vintage Balsam Mountain Inn near Waynesville, NC this past weekend. Click HERE to see a mini-montage video of the show.

220eaa5c-26bc-4675-b92a-b98b4524a1f3THIS TUESDAY, May 12: David Olney returns to The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN at 9pm to play with new and old friends, including “the” Will Kimbrough, Canada’s Brock Zeman and Oklahoma’s Samantha Crain.

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The past few months have had David Olney in the studio with lots of friends, in support of their new recordings as well as enjoying some killer co-writing sessions.

Australian transplant-Nashville resident, lovely singer-songwriter and guitarist Anne McCue recently released her new “Blue Sky Thikin’” album. Anne and David and frequent Olney collaborator John Hadley co-wrote two songs on her new record. The whole album is seamless and a sweet listen. Lend an ear to Anne McCue’s new music HERE


On author-painter-songwriter and David Letterman frequent performer Tom Russell’s new long-awaited and highly-lauded Folk-Opera “The Rose of Roseacre” double-CD, David Olney lays it out as “The Judge” on a couple of the 52 tracks. This ambitious project is a fascinating journey and features Gretchen Peters, Maura O’Connell, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, John Trudell, Lead Belly and many other fine artists. Find it HERE and give a listen.


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Nashville Scene: David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?The late Townes Van Zandt was the best songwriter in the whole wide world, Steve Earle said in an oft-cited quote, “and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Seventeen years after Van Zandt’s death, the Americana artists who followed in his wake still speak of him the way rockers invoke John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix — as a standard bearer who represents a pinnacle of credibility and craft.

Had he been the coffee-table orating type, however, whose name would Van Zandt have declared?

“Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney,” Van Zandt wrote. “Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.”

Published August 21, 2014

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