The American singer-songwriter David Olney, 71 old, has died on stage mid-song during a performance at a festival in Florida, on Saturday night.
He suffered an heart attack during the show in Santa Rosa Beach. When thing happened he apologised, closed his eyes and fell silent. "He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket," the moment was described by another singer, next to him. "We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs [emergency medical technicians] arrived,” Scott Miller said. Olney was a key member of Nashville's music scene.
David Olney, a photo from 2012
An "Americana Pioneer," Olney produced more than 20 solo albums including 6 live recordings. Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris said “David Olney tells marvelous stories, with characters who cling to the hope of enduring love, all the while crossing the deep divide into that long, dark night of the soul.” Olney’s songs have been recorded by Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, and many others. Troubadour Steve Earle called Olney, “One of the best songwriters working in the world today.”