“While this is certainly a boomer friendly folk/rock, singer/songwriter set,
the young ‘uns might want to find out what’s going on with this grandpa
pictured on the cover talking to a skull. Hot stuff for a vet that sounds
like he’s just hitting his stride.”
— Midwest Review (Chicago, IL)
“WELL-CRAFTED and THOUGHTFUL MUSIC.”
“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.”
— 27 Leggies
"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."
— MTV's Urge.com
"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."
— The Tennessean
"[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”
— Maverick Magazine
“Bourbon drenched tunes that owe a debt to times gone by.”
— Village Records
“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”
— Songs Illinois