David Olney: High, Wide and Lonesome
Hearing Dave Olney can shock the uninitiated. The forceful singer can open and howl like a dark wind,
peeling back ears like a crack of thunder and jolting the attention like a bolt of lightning. His songs are as
forceful as his voice. For the most part, he bypasses the confessional, instead creating rich characters
and vivid scenarios. What ends up surprising those who first get captivated by Olney's incisive intensity
is his tenderness. He's written many heart-tugging songs about love won and lost, all cut with an astute
sense of dignity and honesty. Prepare to be surprised, and to be pinned to the wall.
David Olney has an apparently unerring instinct for
overwrought cliche in
his lyrics, but his voice has a real power to it and the songs are
well-performed and compelling.
Rick Danko plays on just one song ("My Family Owns
This Town") , but Garth is
all over the place, playing sax, piano, accordian and various electric
keyboards. You get to hear Garth play a quirky honky-tonk piano on "Ruby
Ann" - seems you don't get to hear that much anymore. He adds the
saxophone to what sounds like the loosest horn arrangement in history on
"Flood of '93", and a fabulous organ/accordian interaction on "Vincent's
Blues". The keyboard/accordian interaction is there on "Brays" too, but a
bit more muted, and Garth also adds keyboards/saxophone to "You Got
ahold of Me".
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)