David Olney plays Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia

David Olney (photo by John Partipilo)

Nashville roots-and-sometimes-rock songwriter David Olney is fairly typical of the kind of talent that Flying Cat production manages to rope in for its outstanding series of intimate performances in the acoustically pristine Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. You may not know the name (or maybe you do), but to insiders the guy is a giant. Emmylou Harris has no compunction about singing duets with him. His countless albums of originals win awards and, more meaningfully, elicit effusive praise from all the right people. His career was launched with some more-than-kind words by the late Townes Van Zandt, who is now bigger than Elvis, so who knows what is in Olney’s future?

Flying Cat Music presents David Olney accompanied by Daniel Seymour on Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $17 in advance, $20 at the door. These events are always well-attended and seating is limited, so get on it. Visit www.flyingcatmusic.com for more information. The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia.