Contender, singer/songwriter David Olney's first LP, was recorded with his Nashville-based rock band, the X-Rays. playing and singing in as live a situation as possible," the resulting record suffers from that all too common "great live band/boring studio band" phenomenon. It's obvious even from this recording, though, that the group excelled at the same sort of rootsy yet seamless, tight yet loose groove that characterizes the sound of acts like NRBQ. The only time the album really catches fire is on the title track, which foreshadows Onley's later brilliant story songs on albums like 1995's flawless High, Wide and Lonesome.
If David Olney were less of a leader and more of a follower, he might have had an easier path commercially. More than 30 years ago, he fronted one of Nashville's most incendiary New Wave-era live acts, but it would be years before the city's rock scene started to draw national attention. By that time, Olney was often overlooked as focus settled on the Rock Block. It's not surprising that he would be recording Americana music before the term had even been devised . He's not a household name," says producer and music writer Tommy Goldsmith, who played lead guitar in Olney's early-'80s rock band the X-Rays. But, my God, look at what he's done over the years. It's a really impressive body of work.
Wait here for the cops. 08. Steal my thunder. 14. The Hat and The Cane. 2002 Women Across The River (Live) (L).
David Olney’s amazing originality as a writer is only equaled by his stunning powers as a performer, and LENORA his fourth and best live-album to date is quite simply, a major event. Recorded over the last two years in several intimate venues in Holland, the new CD captures this most versatile of artists at the height of his abilities. David’s only commercial release with his Nashville-based rock and roll band the X-Rays. Featuring Steve Gibson, Tommy Goldsmith, Ken Moore, Bobby Ogdin, John Owen and Rick Rowell.
The Contender is the debut novel by American author and sports journalist Robert Lipsyte. It was published in 1967. The book's plot centers on a black seventeen-year-old man named Alfred Brooks, a high school dropout living with Aunt Pearl and her three daughters in Harlem, New York City. He begins training at a boxing club as an alternative to drugs and gang membership.
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|A2||Oh My Love||3:36|
|A3||Will To Survive||3:42|
|A4||Love And Money||3:48|
|A5||Wait Here For The Cops||2:47|
|B3||Steal My Thunder||5:22|
|B4||When Will I Get Over You||2:30|
|B5||She Bound To Go||2:46|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rounder Records Corp.
- Pressed By – Wakefield Manufacturing – 39224
- Published By – Mighty Music
- Bass, Vocals – John Owen
- Drums, Vocals, Percussion – Rick Rowell
- Electric Guitar – Steve Gibson
- Lead Guitar, Vocals – Tommy Goldsmith
- Organ, Electric Piano, Marimba – Bobby Ogdin
- Piano – Ken Moore
- Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Lead Vocals – David Olney
- Written-By – David Olney, Tommy Goldsmith (tracks: B4)
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- Rights Society: BMI