Early in his career, the late Townes Van Zandt was tagged as a "songwriter's songwriter." As best as can be reckoned, this glib and overused morsel of critic-speak translates as "too damn good to have a hit record." Still, Van Zandt was quite an artist. If anyone knew tunesmithery, it was Van Zandt. So when the native Texan named David Olney one of his favorite composers -- right next to Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Mozart -- he placed a larger burden on Olney than any critic could ever dream up. Yet Olney has been holding... More >>>
By following his muse (usually all over the Appalachians) and staying candid, David Olney remains a musical enigma.