Nashville singer-songwriter David Olney dies at 71 after performance

David Olney died Jan. 18, 2020, after collapsing on stage during a performance at a festival in Florida. He was 71.

Nashville musician David Olney — a celebrated songwriter whose work was recorded by Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt — died Saturday night after collapsing on stage at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Watercolor, Florida.

Olney’s death was confirmed by his manager. He was 71.

On Saturday, the singer-songwriter was performing alongside Amy Rigby and Scott Miller at The Boathouse at WaterColor when he suffered “an apparent heart attack,” according to a statement from his publicist.

On Sunday, Rigby remembered the “songwriting poet” in a Facebook post.

“Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes,” Rigby wrote.

The ’90s saw his work recorded by Emmylou Harris (“Jerusalem Tomorrow”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Women Cross the River”). In 1999, both artists recorded his “1917” for their duets album, “Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.”

Olney released more than two dozen solo albums over the course of his career. His latest, “This Side Or The Other,” arrived in 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Regine, daughter, Lillian, and son, Redding.

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