"The best songwriter you've never heard of?"
So reads the headline for a 2003 Los Angeles Times review of David Olney's album, The Wheel. However, quite a few people have heard of the Nashville, Tenn.-based musician. Steve Earle once called Olney "one of the best songwriters in the world." Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt have both covered his work, and legendary troubadour Townes Van Zandt numbered Olney among his four favorite songwriters (the other three were Bob Dylan, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mozart).
Olney's album High, Wide and Lonesome features contributions from The Band's Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, as well as from the Flying Burrito Brothers' Sneaky Pete Kleinow.
So now that you've heard of David Olney, go see him at the Riverside Hotel.
With John Hansen. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $10 general, $13 preferred seating. The Riverside Hotel's Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871, riversideboise.com.