Folks singer-songwriter David Olney has died after he suffered an obvious coronary heart assault Saturday whereas performing on the 30A Songwriters Competition in Santa Rosa Seaside, Florida, a fellow performer stated. Olney was 71.
Amy Rigby, who was with Olney on the time, shared the information on Fb.
“David Olney, a stupendous man, a legend, a songwriting poet died final evening,” she wrote. “I used to be sitting subsequent to him within the spherical, had been so honored and looking out ahead to attending to commerce songs with him and Scott Miller. Olney was in the midst of his third track when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”
“He was very nonetheless, sitting upright together with his guitar on, sporting the good hat and a stupendous rust suede jacket we laughed about as a result of it was raining like hell exterior the boathouse the place we have been playing- I simply need the image to be as sleek and dignified because it was, as a result of it at first appeared like he was simply taking a second,” Rigby’s assertion continued. “Scott Miller had the presence of thoughts to say we would have liked to revive him. Medical doctors within the viewers and 30A people have been all working so arduous to get him to return to.”
Rigby stated it was a tough submit to make as a result of she “cannot actually consider” that her fellow musician has passed.
“I’m so sorry for his spouse and household and buddies and all of the individuals who cherished him and his music,” Rigby, 61 concluded. “Even those that by no means heard of him. All of us misplaced somebody essential final evening.”
Miller, who was additionally on stage, additionally wrote concerning the occasion on Fb.
“Final evening we misplaced David Olney, one of many most interesting songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying with and realizing,” he wrote. “Once I did my first present with him (possibly 5-6 years in the past) my buddy Robin Williams stated, ‘Oh, you might be in for a deal with’ and certainly I used to be. What a pressure. What a author. And what a pleasant man.”
Miller, 51, reminisced about spending time with Olney and their mutual love of modernist poetry.
“David was enjoying a track when he paused, stated ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest,” Miller wrote. “He by no means dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as straightforward and delicate as he was. We received him down and tried our greatest to revive him till the EMT’s arrived. The world misplaced a very good one final evening. However we nonetheless have his work. And it nonetheless evokes. And at all times will. RIP.”
Olney launched 20 albums over the course of his profession.
His sounds could be coated by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and Steve Younger.