|Tags:||folk americana singer-songwriter|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
23 March 1948, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Singer-songwriter Olney played guitar from an early age and while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he played in bands in his spare time. Soon, it was college that became subordinate and he left to take to the road with Bland Simpson, appearing on Simpson in 1971. In 1973 he settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where he played with the Nashville Jug Band, appearing on record with them in 1982. He also led his own roots rock band, the X-Rays, releasing the 1981 album Contender with them, but eventually took to the road as a solo performer.
Throughout the 80s and early 90s it was as a songwriter that Olney became best known, with his own career limited to a handful of overlooked contemporary folk albums for the Philo Records label and several European only releases. Several noted singers, including Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, covered Olneys material during this...