"Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I've ever heard — and that's true. I mean that from my heart."
Townes Van Zandt
Over an impressive professional career spanning four decades, David Olney a performing songwriter with a sharp literary mind that often cuts to the bone of the human condition. Whether the subject matter is heartbreak or armed robbery, Olney's cinematic style and fearless approach to lyric writing have won him a reputation as a kind of musical outlaw. In his late 50's Olney is not interested in playing it safe. Olney's songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Lonnie Brooks and many others, winning him a worldwide reputation as one of the best songwriters in America. Listening to his new CD, One Tough Town, is like watching a Sergio Leone western: it's gritty, smart and dangerous and you can't take your eyes off the screen.