High, Wide and Lonesome

High, Wide and Lonesome

by David Olney



David Olney's career has included forays into hard-edged roots-rock, quiet, introspective acoustic folk, and everything in between. The one constant has been his abilty to write concise, masterfully crafted and memorable songs. High, Wide and Lonesome represents simultaneously the most consistently strong and diverse selection of songs collected on any of Olney's albums. In addition, his performances are perhaps the best of his career, his voice striking a perfect balance between the bluesy swagger of Spider John Koerner and the intense, whiskey-soaked warblings of Townes Van Zandt. The backing musicians are uniformly excellent as well. Highlights include Rick Danko's funky bassline on "My Family Owns This Town," as well as guest performances throughout the album from several other alumni of the Band. The above-mentioned song and the preceding track, "Another Place, Another Time," are interesting in that each deals with the same small-town murder from a different point of view. In one song, the narrator is the deceased's spurned husband, in the other, her secret lover. Unusual twists of this kind are a specialty of Olney's and make High, Wide and Lonesome a must-have for anyone interested in thoughtful, yet raw and powerful folk music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/1995
Label: Philo Records
UPC: 0011671117720
catalogNumber: 1177

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Olney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Human Whistle
Rodney Crowell   Vocals
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar,national steel guitar
Rick Danko   Bass
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Brian Ahern   Bass
George Bradfute   Electric Guitar
Glen Clark   Organ,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Mike Fleming   Bass
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,talking drum
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Byron House   Bass
Garth Hudson   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Saxophone
David Hungate   Acoustic Guitar,Trombone,Trumpet,Tambourine
Randy Leago   Organ,Wurlitzer
Jimmy Markham   Harmonica
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Daniel Moore   Background Vocals
Scott Musick   Tambourine,Background Vocals
James Pennebaker   Fiddle
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle
Tommy Spurlock   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
David Vaught   Bass,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Mike Dysinger   Percussion
Tim Lauer   Accordion,Melodion

Technical Credits

Gene Vincent   Composer
Carol Chase   Contributor
David Olney   Contributor
Ernest Bovine   Contributor
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Randy Leago   Engineer,Contributor
Scott Musick   Engineer
Tommy Spurlock   Producer,Engineer
David Vaught   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Michael McCall   Liner Notes

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