Tuesday, January 19, 2021
– The music of the late David Olney will see the light of day with an Americana album with Anana Kaye, a singer from the country of Georgia.
"Whispers and Sighs," a 13-song collection, is due March 19 on Schoolkids Records.
Olney, a songwriter with more than 20 solo albums and songs covered by and/or co-written with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Linda Ronstadt, died last year. Kaye now lives in Nashville with her husband and musical partner Irakli Gabriel,
Olney and Kaye combined to create music with the sensuality of European music and Americana, weaving raucous, rock anthems like "Lie to Me, Angel" and "Last Days of Rome" with sparse, introspective ballads such as "Tennessee Moon" and the record's title track. All of the songs were written by the trio of Olney, Kaye, and Irakli.
Brett Ryan Stewart (Wirebird Productions) produced and mixed the record at his studio in Nashville. Richard Dodd, recipient of the Best Engineer
Musicians include Olney's long-time musical collaborator and bassist Daniel Seymour, and bassist Chris Donohue, who has worked with such artists as Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, and Elvis Costello.
According to Kaye and Gabriel, immediately after saving the final mixes, the phone rang with news of Olney's passing on Jan. 18, 2020 at the age of 71 of an apparent heart attack while onstage at the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.