Ol' Diz: A Musical Baseball Story

by David Olney and John Hadley

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    11 Americana-themed songs about Hall Of Fame Cardinals Pitcher Dizzy Dean and America's favorite past time, written by David Olney and John Hadley to accompany a one-man play written by actor & former Congressman Ben Jones.
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“In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become A PIONEER OF THE AMERICANA MUSIC SCENE.” ~ The San Francisco Chronicle


Based on a play by Ben Jones (a/k/a Cooter on Dukes of Hazzard & former Congressman), “Ol’ Diz: A Musical Baseball Story" is about legendary Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean and his rollicking journey from barefoot cotton picker to national renown. The music was written by Folk-Blues recording artist David Olney & Smothers Brothers show contributor John Hadley (with contributions from Kevin Welch and Ben Jones). The duo recorded the 11 Americana-themed songs about the play's hero and America's past time in John Hadley’s cabin in Nashville, TN.

Ben Jones has performed a one-man version of “Ol’ Diz” play to live audiences, including two special performances at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

With a recording & performing career spanning four decades, David Olney’s songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Lonnie Brooks, James King, Slaid Cleaves, Dale Ann Bradley, Ann Rabson, Chatham County Line and others.

John Hadley’s chart-topping songs have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood, T. Graham Brown, John Hiatt, George Burns, Dean Miller, The Kingston Trio, Webb Wilder and many others.


released May 25, 2009

Recorded in John Hadley’s Cabin in Nashville, TN.

Mastered by Jack Irwin for Silvertone Recording Service.

All songs by David Olney & John Hadley, except #1 by DO, JH & Kevin Welch & #2 by DO, JH & Ben Jones.

Original artwork by John Hadley.

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