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David Olney 8/18/11

David Olney 8/18/11
Written by James Kaegel
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  • Date Recorded: August 18, 2011
  • Artist / Band: David Olney
  • Hosting Show: Backroads
  • Sound: Jon Valley

Like a bottle of scotch, age is a good thing in a singer-songwriter. The songs of David Olney are more than enough proof.

Olney, a Rhode Island native, has been making music since the late '60s. He moved to Nashville early in his career and founded the band the X-Rays. In the '80s he began his solo career and has continued to record music to this day.

Olney delivers his solo material in a raw, blues-soaked style that bristles with his wry humor. His lyrics provide a wisdom that carries more weight -- especially now in his later years. His songs provide insights that come from the experience of a lifetime. The music transcends the folk yolk with which he has been collared and exhibits elements of Americana, rock, blues, country and jazz. Just listen to his recent cover of the Nancy Sinatra song "These Boots Are Made for Walking"; he transforms it into a gritty warning that you best take seriously. He sounds like he means it.

Olney’s latest EP "Film Noir" was released in May, the first in a proposed series of mini-albums that will explore different themes. This Live at KDHX session features Olney performing stripped-down versions of some of those film-noir songs with the exceptional backing of guitarist Sergio Webb.

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