staked out the land he's been working many years ago. Beast in the stall
and shotgun by the door, he's worked his rocky plot by hand until it bent
to his will.
an arresting presence. Inside his dark eyes there's an hourglass turned
upside down and a fixed stare that says to state your business. He's a
hardworking family man with plenty of hard living behind him. The hard
won simplicity of his words belie the road that led to them.
knows what love is
Love is, that's all
No one knows what love is
Not until they fall
those lines, Olney is not imitating or even emulating anything, he just
is. There is a sense of peace in this record that entices the listener
down to the well from where he is speaking. But live Olney can be dramatic,
explosive. And it's not theater--it's passion. Passion that the songs
allow, because that's they way they were written. The ambush ballad "Lenora"
is gut wrenching, and puts the listener at the murder scene.
with Robb Earls, Migration features Olney stalwarts Mike Fleming
on bass and Pat McInerney (long of Nanci Griffith's band and co-producer
of her latest) on percussion, and Thomm Jutz on guitar, who's been touring
the world in duo with Mary Gauthier. Deanie Richardson is a sterling partner
on fiddle and mandolin, a keeper.
that David Olney has earned the respect of his peers understates the level
of praise accorded him by Emmy Lou Harris and the toughest critics in
the land. At the artist's website, these accolades can be found along
with an impressive discography. If you've come this far, read our review
of his previous release, also on Loud House records, The Wheel.
like the far side of the songwriting pendulum. He's old school, he's hard
line. He's the shit, is what he is. Frank Goodman
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