The late great song sleuth Townes Van Zandt cited singer/composer David Olney as one of his favorites. And accolades have been bestowed upon him with similarities pertaining to folk and rock legends Leonard Cohen and John Lennon. Therefore, Olney’s latest offering is rooted within a poet-laureate mindset, where Americana, folk, pop and country-blues provide undercurrents for a lyrically rich session.
Known for his often-stirring live performances in the Nashville area and throughout the USA, the artist pronounces sincerity, depth and an honest-to-goodness sense of lucid realism here. Olney’s deliberations are akin to folk art, where all-telling accounts of humanity are philosophized upon via an artist’s standpoint.
On "Know One Knows What Love Is," Thomm Jutz’ restates the primary melody with his sinuous electric slide guitar lines as Olney compares words of Love with the often ephemeral connotations that most folks use for translation. Then on "Ace of Spades Blues," the singer’s blustery blues incantations are counterbalanced by Deanie Richardson’s sugary violin passages.
In other spots, the ensemble ventures into rockabilly tinged fare. Yet at the end of the day, Olney merges the cerebral aspects of life with an insider’s acute perspective. But he seldom discards the entertainment factor during the preponderance of this irrefutably, enjoyable production.