Folks singer-songwriter David Olney has died after he suffered an obvious coronary heart assault Saturday whereas performing on the 30A Songwriters Pageant 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 good looking man, a legend, a songwriting poet died final night time,” she wrote. “I used to be sitting subsequent to him within the spherical, had been so honored and searching ahead to attending to commerce songs with him and Scott Miller. Olney was in the course of his third music when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”
“He was very nonetheless, sitting upright along with his guitar on, sporting the good hat and a good looking rust suede jacket we laughed about as a result of it was raining like hell exterior the boathouse the place we had been playing- I simply need the image to be as swish and dignified because it was, as a result of it at first regarded 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 had been all working so exhausting to get him to return to.”
Rigby stated it was a troublesome publish to make as a result of she “cannot actually imagine” that her fellow musician has handed.
“I’m so sorry for his spouse and household and pals and all of the individuals who beloved him and his music,” Rigby, 61 concluded. “Even those that by no means heard of him. All of us misplaced somebody vital final night time.”
David Olney, seen right here performing in Denver in 2015, died after struggling a coronary heart assault Saturday. (Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Pictures, File)
Miller, who was additionally on stage, additionally wrote concerning the occasion on Fb.
“Final night time we misplaced David Olney, one of many most interesting songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in 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 taking part in a music 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 simple and mild as he was. We received him down and tried our greatest to revive him till the EMT’s arrived. The world misplaced a great one final night time. However we nonetheless have his work. And it nonetheless evokes. And all the time 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.