“Biting wit and FULL-THROTTLE PERFORMANCE PASSION is closer in spirit to Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, Dylan or Neil Young”
The Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
“David broadcasts every Tuesday on his website with his “You Never Know” video shorts – featuring the story behind a song”
“Along with Tom Russell and James McMurtry, David Olney is one of the greatest American story tellers working today.”
"David Olney doesn't tour over here with a band. He doesn't have to. Between his own sturdy rhythm-and-riffs guitar playing and his trusty sidekick, Mark 'Sergio' Webb's extraordinary range of accompaniments, Nashville-based OLNEY GIVES A PERFORMANCE THAT BORDERS AT TIMES ON THE ORCHESTRAL....A show PACKED WITH INCIDENT, amusement, contrast and fine, fine songsmithery."
The Herald (Scotland) - May 2010
“Brilliant writer, but he changes into this other person on stage that leaves you stunned, mesmerized and always wanting more”
Rex (Wrecks) Bell
"Previously, with his gruff voice and GUTBUCKET ARRANGEMENTS, Olney has recalled the later Tom Waits...although one also should mention Leon Redbone as a model. In his songwriting, OLNEY CONTINUES TO DELIGHT in imaginative explorations of historical and invented characters and situations."
“...The lovely ‘Covington Girl’, which sounds like a newly-minted Americana classic. Punchy horns punctuate a few of the songs, and Olney enlivens the tracks with some engaging vocal quirks...”
"Few are capable of spinning such colorful and multi-layered yarns with so little excess fat. On this fine new release, Olney spans the gamut from OBSTREPEROUS GLEE to NAKED TERROR."
American Songwriter Magazine
"On top of an amazing sound, Olney's incredible TV Evangelist-Beat Poet style story telling in the intro to most songs is SO THEATRICAL, you just can't help but be absorbed by his incredible imagination. HE IS A MAN WITH A GIFT. If you get the chance, YOU MUST SEE DAVID OLNEY LIVE."
LonesomeHighway.com (Dublin, Ireland) - May 2010
"Olney Unbound... part Baptist PREACHER, part caustic COMEDIAN, and part existential BLUESMAN...Olney shouted, moaned and howled his SHARPLY OBSERVED HARD-LUCK TALES and quirky character studies."
"Olney's that rare singer/songwriter who can adopt the gravelly voice, dabble in myriad old-timey music styles ranging from honky-tonk to Tin Pan Alley and actually make it work. THINK TOM WAITS."
Creative Loafing (Tampa, FL)
"Olney unveils the ever-captivating story in song [on "THE STONE"], without a heavy emphasis on the religious elements, and the experiment works."
~ The Daily News (Pittsburgh, PA)
"I saw Olney playing at a festival this spring and thought he looked like a FEDORA-SPORTING, fiftysomething HIGH-SCHOOL PRINCIPAL who'd SUDDENLY GONE BERSERK and was using his acoustic guitar like it was a weapon. Love this crazy guy, LOVE THIS RECORD."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (NY)
"Rugged, literate, ambitious and playfully creative...WHEREVER OLNEY GOES, HE GOES COMPLETELY. By all means, ALLOW HIM TO TAKE YOU ALONG."
"Olney stands out LIKE A JALEPENO IN A BOWL OF VANILLA PUDDING in Nashville...'Sweet Poison' is a shot of rockabilly so stout it should make most of the current crop of pompadoured fakers sell their instruments and go back to 40-hour weeks at Burger King...a TRUE GENIUS of American song."
Houston Press (TX)
"Olney is a veteran songwriter whose skill with turning a
phrase and delivering it with WHOLEHEARTED GUSTO is
MATCHED BY FEW, EVEN IN NASHVILLE."
"[Olney's] performance is exuberant and his songs and presence always fill the entire room."
~ Urban Country News
“David Olney remains A MONUMENTAL STORYSPINNER. The sinister tales are subtly told but packed with perfectly polished observations”
Philadelphia City Paper
“Across five songs Olney totally nails the essence of this black-and-white movie genre”
“Bourbon drenched tunes that owe a debt to times gone by.”
“ARE YOU READY BOOTS??”
“A 60s mod-classic has been totally reinvented as a sort of raw, roadhouse standard.”
Director Brian Smith
“Separating the Wheat from the Chaff”