David Olney Rocked The 5 Spot

One of Nashville’s great session musicians, Sergio Webb, told me I should see David Olney perform if I ever got the chance.  Not too long after that, I booked my trip to Nashville and was thrilled to see that David would be performing at The 5 Spot while I was there! Score!

David Olney

David Olney

David’s name was not familiar to me but I listened to some recordings, and knew that I would take Sergio’s advice and see this show.

David has been a fixture on the Nashville scene for more than forty years as a singer-songwriter and a performer. He recently released ‘When The Deal Goes Down’ which is the album I know best because I own it!



David plays with a band consisting of Mark Robinson on guitar, as well as Justin Amaral on drums and Daniel Seymour on bass. They are really good musicians, but David is clearly the star of this group.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson


Daniel Seymour


Justin Amaral

David performed many songs from his new album, including the title song, ‘Little Bird’ and ‘Sad Saturday Night’. In fact, he might have played every song from the album!

David and Mark Robinson

David and Mark

If forced to describe David’s style, I would say country folk rock. I would rather describe it as just plain excellent music without trying to fit it into a category.



His songs have been covered by musicians such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and more.



It is hard to comprehend how musicians of David’s stature play for tips at small venues such as The 5 Spot. He should be playing at larger venues with set ticket prices (which he does when he travels outside Nashville)!


David, Mark and Daniel

When David and the band first took the stage, the room seemed almost empty which might be due to it being a show that started at 6 p.m. By the time the show was over, the room was full. Regardless of the size of the crowd, they played to an extremely enthusiastic audience.



I liked The 5 Spot, and would frequent it if it was a local establishment to me. It is kind of a dive (not in a bad way, though) but it has a great vibe and wonderful patrons. I had a great time with some Nashvillians who invited me to share their table (and dinner afterward).

I recommend seeing David when he performs in a city near you. He plays his heart out on stage.


About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on September 17, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. like the article title…

  2. Daniel Seymour on bass and Justin Amaral on drums

  3. btw Suze. I enjoyed this review. Also Mark Robinson is a killer blues guy when he’s not playing with David. Check out his latest record, Have Axe-Will Groove. TREMENDOUS!!!!

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