Judging by the CD cover artwork, you might assume that Nashville-based singer/songwriter David Olney is one tough hombre. He's a modern-day soothsayer who pokes some fun at life's circumstances via socio-lyricism that elicits chuckles and contemplation. Highly-revered, Olney combines blues-country and rock amid some ragtag jazz in spots. Nonetheless, he gets his message across with the gait and intentions of a gent who lived the experiences he sings about.
No doubt, Olney surfaces as a man of wisdom here, but his entertaining parables equate to an artist who is clever and keenly observant. On "Who's The Dummy Now, the singer and his band convey a roadhouse-like Dixieland motif, where he communicates an after-hours nightclub groove, littered with empty beer bottles and dank cigar smoke.
Olney's a mystic and means business when he declares his intentions of knocking some sense into the local town-folk. During the low-key acoustic guitar driven "No Lies, he's seemingly writing a love-letter, proclaiming his intent upon drowning his sorrows in whiskey, to complement his opaque delineation between honesty and deceit.
The fun continues on the gospel-hued Delta Blues vamp "See How The Mighty Have Fallen. But the album's secret is uncovered during the country-folk title track, where Olney globalizes the "One Tough Town insinuation into the vastness of planet earth. Witty, humorous and slightly cantankerous, Olney's at the very top of his game.
Track Listing: Whistle Blow; Sweet Poison; Who's The Dummy Now?; Little Mustang; No Lies; Oh Yeah (Dead Man's Shoes);Snake Song; Panama City; Sweet Potato; See How The Mighty Have Fallen; One Tough Town; Postcard From Mexico; Rainbow's End.
Personnel: David Olney: guitars, ukulele, bones, laughter,harmonica, vocals; Dave Roe: bass; Craig Wright: percussion; Bill Huber: tuba, trombone; Jim Hoke: clarinet; Jack Irwin: slap box, piano; Richard Bailey: banjo; Sergio Webb: electric guitar; Bobby Daniels: vocals.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.