On Saturday night, the beloved Singer-songwriter David Olney has passed away at age 71, after falling quiet and lowering his head while performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
According to various reports, the singer “fell” on the stage, but it was not all true. The singer simply became quiet on his seat, leading some fans and even the musicians beside him to assume he was simply taking a Lil break before they understood what had occurred and dropped him to the stage.
Olney died during his third performance
The beloved singer Olney performed the second time in the festival of the day as part of an in the round song-swap presentation with Amy Rigby, who was sitting beside him and explained his last moments.
Rigby wrote on Facebook, ‘Olney was in the midst of his third performance when he quit, regretted, and closed his eyes.’
‘He was very quiet, sitting upright with his guitar on, carrying the coolest hat and a nice rust suede blazer we laughed about because it was raining like crisis outside the boathouse where we were performing — I just want the photograph to be as elegant and dignified as it was because it at first seemed like he was just taking a moment.’
Further, Rigby added, ‘Scott Miller had the presence of mind to tell we required to awake him. Doctors in the fans and 30A folks were all struggling so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone significant last night.’
Miller explained the scene similarly in his own post: ‘David was performing a song when he ceased, stated ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest. He never left his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as simple and gentle as he was. We got him down and sought our best to awaken him until the EMTs reached. The world lost a good one last night. But we yet have his work. And it still encourages. And always will. RIP.’
Olney was a respected figure in the folk-rock and Americana societies who had filmed 20 albums of his own along with having his songs covered by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, and his ex-roomie Steve Earle.
‘Any time anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are… I say, Mozart, Lightnin Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I have ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart,’ the late Townes Van Zandt popularly spoke of Olney.
Olney first recognized as a member of the X-Rays
Harris drew attention to Olney as a songwriter with her covers of ‘Jerusalem Tomorrow’ in 1993 and ‘Deeper Well’ on her primary 1995 record ‘Wrecking Ball.’
If we talk more about the beloved singer, so Olney first recognized as a part of the X-Rays, a group that was hired to the Rounder label in the early 1980s and started for performances like Elvis Costello. He also taped for Rounder later in his productive career as a solo artist, aa well as other labels like Philco.
The singer was performing his third act of the festival when he died, having performed the prior night in-the-round with Amelia White and Mary Bragg before his solo presentation Saturday afternoon. He was also programmed to arrive this week at the Folk Alliance assembly in New Orleans.