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
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.
In mid-May, David returns to The Netherlands, Germany and Austria in support of the new “Holiday In Holland” first-ever DVD+CD release (Strictly Country Records). The DVD features extended live concert footage as well as interviews and insight to the mind of a hard-core troubadour. The CD features all of the music in the DVD plus a couple extra tunes. The “Holiday In Holland” DVD+CD is currently available in Europe and will be for sale in the US in March.
Embracing the disembodied vocal approach, David Olney will make his debut as a radio DJ later this Spring on WXNA-Radio – “Low Power, High Voltage” – on Tuesdays from 11 am – 12 pm Central Time with his “Freefall” program. Stay tuned for that launch.
If you’re in Nashville between the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays, please make plans to join us for David’s last show of the year at The End on the infamous Rock Block. Doors open at 7pm, with music starting at 8 pm. Be sure to pop in the ol’e Gold Rush for a bean roll after the show to continue celebrating old and new memories with friends.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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)