David Olney (from the album This Side or The Other available on Black Hen Records)
Desert winds lead the rhythms of “Border Town” as David Olney becomes the cowboy storyteller delivering foreboding weather forecasts, using words as a pointer showing safe ground further inland. Country rock’n’roll promises “Death Will Not Divide Us”, friendly front porch Folk is the welcome for “Always the Stranger”, and determined strums create a solid backbone for “Stand Tall”. The songs come together in This Side or The Other, the latest release from David Olney. Foregoing an obvious theme, David Olney stages vignettes acted out in the songs of This Side or The Other, hinted at in the storylines while his finger points to the issue directly in “Wall”, David stating that ‘I wanted to explore the idea of walls. What does a wall mean? What does it mean to be an immigrant who comes upon that wall as a wanderer, someone lost and alone?’.
Anne McCue joins David Olney on the title track, a tune she co-wrote along with David and John Hadley. A steady line of characters become flesh and blood in the songs of David Olney, the writer admitting that ‘I’m not comfortable writing about my own dirty laundry. It’s better for me to look at characters and what they might be going through. When I write about the heavy stuff of life, it’s usually while I’m in someone else’s shoes.” Fiddle and guitar lines play tag within “Running from Love” as the story returns This Side or The Other to the border while the album turns a lovelight on late night dreams with the bright melodies and harmony of “Open Your Heart (And Let Me In)”. David Olney walks the line between two worlds in “I Spy” and closes out This Side or the Other borrowing a tune from The Zombies with “She’s Not There”.
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