David olney jerusalem tomorrow from the stone deadbeet records 2012
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but did not graduate, instead joining Bland Simpson's band Simpson in 1971. They recorded one album in New York, and then Olney relocated to Atlanta in 1972.
He moved to Nashville in 1973, attempted to sell his songs to record labels, and then formed the band The X-Rays, who recorded two albums for Rounder Records, appeared on Austin City Limits, opened for Elvis Costello, and broke up in 1985.
Since then, he has performed as a solo singer-songwriter, and released more than 20 albums over four decades, including 6 live recordings. He has collaborated with artists such as John Hadley and Sergio Webb.
His songs have been covered by and co-written with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury and Laurie Lewis, and others. Townes Van Zandt, a friend of Olney's (but not family), said "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."
1986: Eye of the Storm (Philo / Rounder)
1988: Deeper Well (Philo)
1991: Roses (Philo)
1991: Top to Bottom (Appaloosa)
1992: Border Crossing (SilenZ Records)
1994: Ache of Longing (Roadsongs)
1994: Live in Holland (Strictly Music)
1995: High, Wide and Lonesome (Philo / Rounder)
1997: Real Lies (Philo)
1999: Through a Glass Darkly (Philo / Rounder)
1999: Ghosts in the Wind: Live at La Casa, Michigan (Barbed)
2000: Omar's Blues (Dead Reckoning)
2002: Women Across the River: Live in Holland (Strictly Music)
2003: The Wheel (Loud House)
2004: Illegal Cargo: Live in Holland (South Central)
2005: Migration (Loud House)
2006: Lenora: Live in Holland (Strictly Country)
2007: One Tough Town (Red Parlor)
2008: Live at Norm's River Roadhouse, Volume 1 (Deadbeat) with Sergio Webb and Jack Irwin
2009: Ol' Diz: A Musical Baseball Story. A Songwriters' Work in Progress (Deadbeet) with John Hadley
2010: Dutchman's Curve (Deadbeet / Continental Song City)
2012: The Stone (Deadbeet)
2012: Robbery & Murder (Deadbeet) collects the EPs Film Noir, The Stone, and Robbery & Murder as a 3-CD box set
2013: Predicting The Past: Introducing Americana Music Vol.2 (Rootsy) [Two discs. Disc 2: retrospective 2000–2012, all previously released]
2014: Sweet Poison (Strictly Music) available at shows starting Nov. 2013, generally released in Jan. 2014
2014: When the Deal Goes Down" (Deadbeet)
2016: Holiday In Holland (Strictly Country) with Sergio Webb
2017: Don't Try to Fight It (Red Parlor)
2011: Film Noir (Deadbeet)
2012: The Stone (Deadbeet)
2012: Robbery & Murder (Deadbeet)
With Bland Simpson
With the X-rays
1981: Contender (Rounder)
1984: Customized (Boulevard)
With Nashville Jug Band
1988: Nashville Jug Band (Rounder)
2014: "When the Deal Comes Down"
1985: Mike Cross – Solo At Midnight (Sugar Hill) – track 5, "Georgia May"
1985: Mimi Fariña – Solo (Philo) – track 5, "If My Eyes Were Blind"
1986: Steve Young – Look Homeward Angel (Mill) – track 3, "If My Eyes Were Blind"
1995: Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (Elektra / Asylum) – track 6, "Deeper Well" co-written with Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris
1995: Linda Ronstadt – Feels Like Home (Elektra – track 9, "Women Cross the River"
1996: Garnet Rogers – Night Drive ([Snow Goose) – track 6, "Love's Been Linked To The Blues"
1999: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris – Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions (Asylum) – track 5, "1917"
2006: Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin – '"Lost John Dean (Compass – track 5, "Postcard From Mexico" (co-written with John Hadley); track 8, "Mr Bones" (co-written with Claudia Scott, John Hadley, and Kevin Welch)