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Nashville Scene: David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?

Nashville Scene: David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?The late Townes Van Zandt was the best songwriter in the whole wide world, Steve Earle said in an oft-cited quote, “and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Seventeen years after Van Zandt’s death, the Americana artists who followed in his wake still speak of him the way rockers invoke John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix — as a standard bearer who represents a pinnacle of credibility and craft.

Had he been the coffee-table orating type, however, whose name would Van Zandt have declared?

“Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney,” Van Zandt wrote. “Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.”

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Published August 21, 2014

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An HOUR TO SPARE? “MIRRORS and SMOKE” REVEALED on “DEAL”:



An HOUR TO SPARE? “MIRRORS and SMOKE” REVEALED on “DEAL”:

Join David Olney – along with Jennifer KnappTommy Womack and others – for his debut at the monthly “HOWLIN’ AFTER DARK EMERGING VOICES” series at Howlin’ Books in Nashville, TN THIS Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm. The theme for the evening is “Into the Deep: Family Secrets; Going Underground; and Pumpkin Pie”. David will be sharing some of his new and very personal Sonnets, and will be autographing copies of his new “When The Deal Goes Down” album (just in time for the holidays?), which includes one of these bits of prose in the CD package.
  
  
  
“An album from David Olney is like a visit from a beloved – yet kooky – uncle. Quirky fun combines with serious insights for a memorable connection. A cultural cross between Guy Clark and Tom Russell,Olney’s a storyteller with a twist – many twists, which may embrace blues, rock, country, folk and beyond – choosing the genre to suit the song like a painter selects the right paint from his palette. Olney’s truly one-of-a-kind, clearly dealing from both sides of any deck. Thankfully.”
Full Review here: Maverick Magazine – United Kingdom
 

TIMING IS EVERYTHING, from DEEP SOUTH NASHVILLE to EUROPE:


 
Having just returned from a slew of Eastern Time shows, David Olney will be accompanied by Sergio Webb for one final U.S. show in Deep South Nashville before crossing The Atlantic Ocean for a return to The Netherlands and Germany. Please join us in sending off the boys at the new roadhouse-like music room at 360 Burger (near Hickory Hollow Mall & the new Ice Rink-Community Center) and help ‘em keep time across the pond. All confirmed tour dates and venue links at: DO TOUR DATES
  
 
  

SET YOUR CLOCK BY IT:
 
David Olney’s weekly “YOU NEVER KNOW” web video shorts are available online EVERY TUESDAY … except when they post on a Thursday, as well, which happened last week due to only a brief technically-challenged fun posting on the designated day. And, you do never know. David shares a bit of what’s happening in his daily life & often performs NEW, unreleased songs as well as his classic repertoire while occasionally throwing in an interpretation of an Everly Brothers or Tom Waits** tune among others, to the delight of many fans:
“David Olney gives us a truncated session this Tuesday morning,
concentrating on Tom Waits as much as his own touring schedule.
If it wasn’t for Olney, I wouldn’t know what day of the week it is.
The rest of the week spans between Tuesdays. Thanks, David!”

(Frank Gutch, Jr. on Facebook)“As if Tom Waits needs a tribute! Love this David.
You have changed my former No-Bake Tuesdays into You Never Know Tuesday!”

(Trish Lewis on Google+)

Watch for a new post online EVERY TUESDAY. Archived episodes are on his YouTube channel HERE. You can watch this week’s “YOU NEVER KNOW” episode HERE.
**Wanna see David Olney perform Tom Waits tunes with his full band? Join us in East Nashville on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 for the 9th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank atThe 5 Spot. David and 12 other bands “bring it” so others might eat. More on that by clicking HERE.
  

FUTURE PEER: SAND IN TRUNKS, TRUNKS ON TRAINS:

 

 
Make plans to join David Olney for his fourth consecutive appearance with multiple performances at the annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL in January. is a three-day music festival during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, Jan. 16–18, 2015,  featuring more than 150 songwriters and over 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches and turquoise waters along scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida. More information, click HERE.
 
  
Don’t like the beach? Miss David Olney’s Roots On The Rails Train Tour as part of Dave Alvin’s exclusive “West Of The West” run with Phil AlvinJon LangfordEileen Jewell and others earlier this year? Hit the tracks in April 2015 on Dave Alvin’s “West Of The West 2015” Tour, featuring Rick SheaChristy McWilsonPhil AlvinPeter CaseSarah BorgesRobbie Fulks and others. David Olney will board in Denver and serenade travelers over The Rockies all the way to Los Angeles. A very limited number of seats/cabins remain. Claim yours by clicking HERE.


“LOOK” to SAVE HOLIDAY TIME -

 
The switch back to Standard Time has switched our focus to the upcoming holiday season. Don’t look too far for that perfect gift. Give your loved ones a “LOOK” from David’s recent “Predicting The Past” recording and LISTEN here: http://davidolney.bandcamp.com/track/lookWith more than 20 albums available, there’s plenty of timeless David Olney music to share. Order CDs and/or Download music, and discover more at David Olney’s online STORE. Many titles also available at fine music retail outlets like Amazon.com, iTunes and at Grimey’s in Nashville, TN.

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LIFE on EASTERN STANDARD TIME:
David Olney w/ Sergio Webb on the road back to #Nashville

 
David Olney with Sergio Webb @ Norey’s – Newport, RI
Photo courtesy of Hugo J. Lopez
David Olney with Sergio Webb – Good Times Café – Hinesburg, VT
Photo courtesy of Chris Applin


David Olney with Sergio Webb – Kathryn’s HouseConcerts – New York, NY Photo courtesy of Kathryn Bloss

 

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Leaf Peeping in the NE | Howlin’ After Dark | Scarecrow Man

 
THE DRIVE BEHIND “THE DEAL” and The DRIVE AHEAD
in The NORTHEAST:

 
Later this month, David Olney picks up Sergio Webb and the two enter Eastern Time with a full tank and new strings. Look for for their live show COLUMBUS, Oh (Oct. 19) -NEWPORT, RI (Oct. 22), WORCESTER, Ma (Oct. 23) – HINESBURG, Vt (Oct. 24) -ROCHESTER, NY (Oct. 25)- and NYC (Oct. 26)! Tickets available via the links at http://www.davidolney.com/schedule/

Get lost on the road with David Olney & hear more about “When The Deal Goes Down” – the new full-length album of highly-praised music – in his own words…
 

Also coming up as the leaves come down: Halloween weekend in Balsam, NC In-The-Round with accomplished friends Brennen Leigh & RB Morris on Nov. 1st. These shows always sell out so make your reservation today:

 
The “Deal Goes Down” in EUROPE in November, with performances booked for David Olney with Sergio Webb in The Netherlands & Germany — but not without one final Nashville, TN area show before crossing the Atlantic Ocean:

 
All confirmed tour dates and venue links at: DO TOUR DATES

LEAF-PEEPING TIME! “Perceptive Travel” ROAD TRIP TIP:

Kerry Dexter at Perceptive Travel recently picked David Olney’s “When The Deal Goes Down” album as one of five perfect albums for a drive. She writes, “… it all works as a set of markers on the journey.” More HERE:

“David Olney started life out in Rhode Island, moved to the deep south, and settled in Nashville. Across the years he’s found success as a performer — a hard to classify one, a bit too edgy for folk, a bit too dark for mainstream country, a bit to rock n roll for blues — and as a songwriter, with Emmylou Harris, for example recording a memorable take of his song ‘Jerusalem Tomorrow‘. Olney’s recent release ‘When The Deal Goes Down’ goes from biting to gentle, from blues tinged rock to quiet ballad, and it all works as a set of markers on the journey. Listen out for the wry modern day gospel story in ‘Servant, Job‘, enter in to the raucous honky tonk rock of the title track, and stay tuned for the unexpected bit of gentle introspection in ‘Little Bird‘.”

DEALING OUT SONNETS & HOWLIN’ AFTER DARK:

Join David Olney for Another First! This time, “Nashville’s Bard” will be sharing some of his new and very personal Sonnets at the monthly “Howlin’ After Dark Emerging Voices”writing circle series at Howlin’ Books in Nashville, TN.  The theme for the evening is “Into the Deep: Family Secrets; Going Underground; and Pumpkin Pie”. David is one of several authors who will be sharing their stories at the event.

 
Did you catch David Olney make his Shakespearian acting debut as Lord Amiens in “AS YOU LIKE IT” as well as the new music he composed for the annual Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare In The Park” presentation in Centennial Park this past August/September??  Inspired by that event, LISTEN to this Sonnet – “The Song Of The Bluegrass Bard” – composed & delivered by Shakespeare On The Road correspondent Paul Edmondson. More on that festival and the Shakespeare on the Road people HERE.

ICYMI: The CONTENDER Now on NO DEPRESSION:
 
The Nashville Scene weekly paper recently featured David Olney on the COVER with a very cool expose written by Skip Anderson. The full story is now posted on NoDepression.com and you can share your comments and/or favorite David Olney video moments on there, as well. Click HERE to check it out:

Photo by Gregg Roth

 
TRICKS & TREATS…YOU NEVER KNOW:
 
David Olney’s “YOU NEVER KNOW” web video shorts currently feature David performing brand new UNRELEASED songs as well as ones from his deep catalog. He shares the stories behind them and other oddly humorous insights. Watch for a new post online EVERY TUESDAY. Archived episodes are on his YouTube channel HERE. You can watch this week’s“YOU NEVER KNOW” episode HERE.

SCARECROW MAN in YOUR MAILBOX, on YOUR SMART PHONE:
 
October is the perfect month to get to know the “SCARECROW MAN” song from David’s new “When The Deal Goes Down” album. LISTEN by clicking on the song title.

Get your CD and/or Download of the collection of new songs, and discover more at David Olney’s online STORE. Many titles also available at fine music retail outlets like Amazon.com,iTunesVillage Records, and at Grimey’s in Nashville, TN.

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FALL FUN Photos with FANS:

David Olney @ The 5 Spot – Residency 2014 (Photo by Skip Anderson)

David Olney @ The 5 Spot – Residency 2014

David Olney, Marshall Chapman & RB Morris @
Nashville Public Library Courtyard Concerts Series – Sept. 2014

David Olney Trio @ Jane Barleycorn’s in Danville, KY – Oct. 2014  
David Olney Trio @ Jane Barleycorn’s in Danville, KY – Oct. 2014

“The Contender” drink special with Bourbon Bubbly and Contreau
@ Jane Barleycorn’s in Danville, KY – Oct. 2014
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Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It | Arts Break | NPT

Americana music infuses The Nashville Shakespeare Festival‘s 27th Annual Shakespeare in the Park production. Directed by Denice Hicks, As You Like It features songwriting legend David Olney in the role of Amiens, playing his own original songs written for the show. Music director Stan Lawrence leads an authentic old time jam band with players from the Musical Heritage Center in Pegram Tennessee. Inspired by the optimistic comedies of the 1930s, and set during the Great Depression, costumed ushers will invite the audience to join the actors in our version of a “Hooverville”, where even in the toughest times, songs are sung, stories are told and there’s always time for a little buck dancing.

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Shakespeare in the Park 2014: As You Like It

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By William Shakespeare Directed by Denice Hicks Original Music by David Olney & Stan Lawrence Cast List August 14 – September 14, 2014 Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday at Centennial Park Bandshell $10 Suggested Donation Food & drink vendors open at 6:00pm Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Americana music infuses The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 27th Annual Shakespeare in the Park production. Directed by Denice Hicks, As You Like It features songwriting legend David Olney in the role of Amiens, playing his own original songs written for the show. Music director Stan Lawrence leads an authentic old time jam band with players from the Musical Heritage Center in Pegram Tennessee. Inspired by the optimistic comedies of the 1930s, and set during the Great Depression, costumed ushers will invite the audience to join the actors in our version of a “Hooverville”, where even in the toughest times, songs are sung, stories are told and there’s always time for a little buck dancing.

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Craig Havighurst: Flames, Old and New |
Music City Roots

Music City Roots 8/6/14 at 7pm CT Featuring:

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Music City Roots Live From The Factory!Most of the band leaders who play Roots and who ply the highways and byways of the Americana scene are singer/songwriters who may or may not have extra flair as an instrumentalist. But Michael Cleveland is so powerful and so seductive on his fiddle that he’s got enough firepower to lead Flamekeeper as a picker first. The extremely talented Josh Richards does most of the lead singing in the band and on its new album On Down The Line. But it’s Cleveland’s beacon-like passion for hard-edged, traditional bluegrass music that makes Flamekeeper a must-see act.

One week after a night dedicated to the legacy of Nashville soul, R&B and gospel, we return to our regularly scheduled eclectic Americana, including Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper debuting the new CD just a day before a big release show at the world famous Station Inn. We’ll also welcome back two of our favorite songwriters – Susan Werner and David Olney – as they prepare for big leaps into the world of theater. And Michaela Anne, a newcomer to our stage but not esteemed stages of roots music, will show us the country sound she developed in Brooklyn before her very recent move to Music City.

The first time I saw Michael Cleveland (back around 2000 with Rhonda Vincent) was one of those revelatory moments you get in bluegrass. He was too young to be so good. He was uncannily original in a musical niche with plenty of models and relatively narrow parameters. And then there was the fact that he was blind and had obviously not had a predictable or easy path up the bluegrass mountain. Yet here he is in 2014 with nine Fiddle Player of the Year awards from the IBMA. But then he was spotted early on as prodigy destined for something great. He was part of an early version of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars and he was invited to play on the Opry with Alison Krauss. He was called on by legends like J.D. Crowe to join him on stages and records. He became a band leader in 2006, and ever since he’s thrived.

The new album, Flamekeeper’s first for Compass Records, kicks off with the kind of high, fast hair-curler you’d think came from the pen of one of the legends. But that double take you did is because “Too Late For Goodbyes” is a Julian Lennon hit from 1984, bluegrassified at the suggestion of Josh Richards. But if Cleveland dips his toe into McCoury-esque rock covers with that one, he closes with his version of the warhorse “Orange Blossom Special,” because dang it, he can. It’s the most explosive and popular fiddle feature of all time, so a fiddler as great as Michael simply had to get a version on the record.

When last we saw the warm and wondrous Susan Werner, she was singing songs of farm life from her album Hayseed. Her performance on that occasion of “Plant The Stars” was one of my most emotional moments at Roots, and the track still gets me verklempt when I call it up today. Besides being heart-tugging, Werner is witty, endearing and inventive. Her voice is burnished brass. She’s one of the most outstanding stage talkers we know as well. So it’s going to be a treat to welcome her back. Especially since I have so many questions about her newest venture, writing the music to a major new musical version of the great movie Bull Durham. This is hometown terrain for me, folks. The story of Crash Davis, Annie Savoy and Nuke LaLoosh was set in my city, at the ballpark where I saw Chipper Jones and Ryan Klesko play as minor leaguers on their way to my beloved Atlanta Braves. I loved the movie and I have to think Susan’s wry lyrics should be a perfect match for this tale of lust and baseball. Whether she’ll be singing any of the show’s material is an open question, but I sure hope so.

Also bound for the theatrical stage is our pal David Olney. Nashville’s amazing founder of the X-Rays and a writer of songs for Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (among others) has written new music for the Nashville Shakespeare Company’s new production of As You Like It. And when it premieres in Centennial Park on August 14, Olney will play the role of Amiens. We’ve seen how perceptive and intense Olney can be delivering classic verse in his video concept project reciting the Rime of the Ancient Mariner on YouTube. And we well know the drama baked into his exceptional songs. His newest album (it’s been hard to keep up with his whirlwind pace lately) is When The Deal Goes Down, just out last month. Dave’s press calls it “a wild ride of emotions from love and hope to fear and despair, all the while being entertaining as-hell.” It’s true; Olney is ageless and courageous. LA Times music guru Robert Hilburn wrote that Olney “may be the best songwriter to have released nearly a dozen albums without making the Top 200.” But hey these days are topsy-turvy so maybe Deal will be his first. You, Roots Nation can make it happen.

And rounding out the bill, Michaela Anne should be a treat. Her backgrounder says she was a frustrated jazz student in NYC who got bit by the folk and country bug. She collaborated with the city’s guitar guru Michael Daves (partner of Chris Thile). He says on her website, “I love her knack for blending pop sensibilities with deep, Old Americana. I know we’ll be hearing a lot more from her down the line.” And after developing quite a spot in the competitive Brooklyn club scene, she hit some top flight festivals, most recently what appears to have been a lovely weekend at the iconic FloydFest.

So fire up your vehicle or your radio. Because Wednesday night at the Factory its Flame On.

Craig H.

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WHAT A LAUNCH! “WHEN THE DEAL GOES DOWN”
ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE – 

The new “WHEN THE DEAL GOES DOWN” album (Deadbeet Records) was officially released on July 8th and celebrated with an intimate, packed in-store “story behind the songs” performance at Howlin’ Books-Grimey’s Too in Nashville, TN. The party continued the next night in Nashville with David’s full band making “The Deal” going down at The End on the Rock Block and special guest RB Morris kicking off the evening.  Special thanks to all of the folks from Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, California, Australia and elsewhere for being a part of new release week! The CD currently available to order the CD and Digital Downloads at DavidOlney.com, Village Records, Amazon.com and iTunes. Get your copy today!

BIG THANKS to famous music photographer Alan Messer for capturing a couple of wonderful new release moments:

More Nashville release week photos posted – click HERE

TAKING OFF in Western MONTANA, MUSIC CITY ROOTS:

Splitting for Western Montana right after the Nashville release show, David played some intimate solo shows and some with Sergio Webb. Lots of great radio & TV on-airs in GREAT FALLSBOZEMAN and MILES CITY. Tonight, the duo plays The Murray Bar in LIVINGSTON, MT before heading back to Central Time.

Music City Roots - Live From The FactoryFiddle and Pick - Writer Spotlight SeriesComing up in Early August, David Olney brings his new “Deal” to the Musical Heritage Centers  “Writer Spotlight Series” in Pegram, TN  and returns with his band to the nationally televised “Music City Roots” program — at it’s new location in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, TN. The show will also stream live online and be broadcast live on local radio airwaves. Both shows are open to the public. All confirmed tour dates and venue links at: DO TOUR DATES

GOOD NEWS on HOW DAVID’S NEW MUSIC “GOES DOWN”:

Music Journalist (and a fine singer-songwriter, as well) Peter Cooper explores David Olney’s timeless creations with an insightful feature story & interview in The Tennessean, which you can read by clicking HERE.

3rd Coast Musics John Conquest agrees with Mr. Cooper’s assessment, stating this about David & the new CD: “This really is an astonishing track record, making Olney the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings of songwriters, and the obvious question is how long can he keep his streak going? The answer appears to be indefinitely, once again he’s come up with [12] riveting songs…”

WSMV-TV‘s (Channel 4, Nashville, TN) Terry Bulger celebrates the hometown hero in his good-news “Bulger Beat” broadcast. Watch it HERE.

Concert presenter, guitar-builder, rocket scientist (seriously) and now blogger Ronnie Knightreflects back on the origins of David Olney and “living deeper” with this post in The Denim Poet - Click HERE

SHAKESPEARE KNOWS THE DEAL:

From mid-August through mid-Septmber, come witness David Olney make his Shakespearian acting debut as Lord Amiens in “As You Like It” at the annual Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare In The Park” presentation at the Bandshell in Centennial Park! David doubles-up with some original new music he composed for the theatrical production. Show details, click HERE.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW…

David Olney’s recent and new episodes of “YOU NEVER KNOW” web video shorts are focused on songs from the new “When The Deal Goes Down” CD and the stories behind ‘em. Watch for a new post online EVERY TUESDAY. Archived episodes are on his YouTube channel HERE. You can watch this week’s “YOU NEVER KNOW” episode HERE.

KNOW WHERE TO GET IT:

Check out the new “When The Deal Goes Down” CD and discover more of what you’ve been missing at David Olney’s online STORE. Download most music right away, and Order some deep cuts today. Many titles also available at fine music retail outlets like Amazon.comiTunes, Village Records, and at Grimey’s in Nashville, TN.

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More “When The Deal Goes Down” Record Launch Moments:

 Team Olney Shirt Shots: Betty Soo, Arthur Wood & Sara Hickman @ Kerrville Folk Fest      Mark Gerking & the late Johnny Winter


Jack Calvert with David Olney’s Staff (Kickstarte Reward)

 

David Olney & Howlin’ Books Owner Gwil Owen 

 David Olney w/ Dave Jacques on Tuba at The End!


David Olney w/ full band at The End CD Release Show

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Bulger’s Beat: Nashville Songwriter
Takes To The Stage

Bulger’s Beat Courtesy of WSMV TV Channel 4

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The Deal Goes Down Today!

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When The Deal Goes Down
Album Release Shows

It you’re in Nashville this week, step out and celebrate the launch of David’s latest album with us!

Tuesday, July 8
Howlin’ Books/Grimey’s Too
Free in-store performance and CD signing
1702 8th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
615-942-9683
Music starts at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 9
The End (across from the Exit/In)
2219 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
615-321-4457
Doors: 8:00pm, showtime: 9:00pm
Cover: $10
Special Guest: RB MORRIS

David will be playing with his full band at both shows, with a few special guests sitting in at The End. The epic RB Morris will be fronting his full band as a special guest kicking off the evening on July 9.

“You can find singer-songwriters in Nashville who are better-known than David Olney, but you won’t find any who can top him as an all-around entertainer. He’s still staking out thoroughly original territory and attacking his live performances with punkish abandon and theatricality.” – The Nashville Scene

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New Video: Sad Saturday Night

David Olney – the much-covered, always-touring singer songwriter – shares a late night view of his hometown in Sad Saturday Night. This song was written by David Olney, Ad Vanderveen and John Hadley and is available on David’s new “When The Deal Goes Down” album out July 8, 2014 on Deadbeet Records.

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