Songwriter extraordinaire, David Olney, has worn a lot of hats since he arrived in the Music City over four decades ago. In addition to recording over 20 albums, his songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Steve Young and many others. In recent years, he’s become an Internet celeb with his weekly YouTube streamcast, You Never Know. And for the last several months, he’s been delivering a mix of eclectic music and spoken word on his radio show, Free Fall on WXNA-FM.
For his new album, Don’t Try to Fight It (Red Parlor Records), Olney headed north to Big Muddy Studios in Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada to work with award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Brock Zeman and a full cast of Canadian musicians. The result, according to Olney, is an album filled with, “words, melody, rhythm, unreliable narrators, violent bluster, wistful introspection, freaks, liars, crooks, weirdos, and lovers.”
To showcase this motley crew of n’er-do-well songs, Olney will be appearing at The 5 Spot this April Fool’s Day, Saturday April 1, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Brock Zeman and Blair Hogan will open the evening and original art from local artist and songwriter Gwil Owen (who created the cover art for Don’t Try to Fight It) will be on display and for sale.