David Olney, Nashville singer-songwriter, does onstage during concert
(Credit: David Olney)

David Olney, Nashville singer-songwriter, dies onstage during concert

David Olney, the singer-songwriter from Nashville, has passed away after collapsing on stage during a concert. He was 71 year of age.

Olney, a well-respected figure of the folk music community, has released well over 20 albums across four decades, including six live recordings.

While performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on Saturday night (Jan. 18), Olney collapsed while in the middle of this third song during his set.

Olney, who has performed and recorded with a number of well-known names within the folk music genre, is said to have died after suffering a heart attack during his performance.

Amy Rigby, a singer-songwriter who was on the line-up alongside Olney on the 30A Songwriters Festival billing, remembered the musician with a post on social media: “Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologised and shut his eyes,” Rigby wrote in a Facebook post.

She added: “He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing⁠—I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.”

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