Mar 18, 2019
John has been quite busy (as always) in the studio and on the highways. Recently, he has been taking the helm as producer and co-arranger for new albums coming from St. Louis alt-country songwriter Beth Bombara and Austin-via-Athens roots rocker Drew Carman, while continuing to work on his own follow-up to 2018's dream folk album Coyote. Additionally, he is assisting friend, collaborator, and super-songwriter John Moreland with his new collection of songs being tracked at the grand Echo Lab.
After pulling together a group of stellar players from the western side of Oklahoma, JCA and the boys supported St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the legendary Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK, to nearly 1500 people, playing through songs from Far Cries and Close Calls, Coyote, and a few brand new songs slated for the upcoming album. An amazing opportunity and wonderful crowd, thank you for showing up early for the home-town folks.
The end of March will be leading John to Nashville as he records a pair of songs co-written with fiddle player, arranger, and singer-songwriter Megan Palmer (also featured on many of John's recordings) at Magnetic Audio on the eastern side. These songs will be featured on a 7" vinyl in the near future.
For more information, always keep up to date with where John is going to be in his travels via the tour link (up top) or any of his social media (to the right.) Help John in his travels by purchasing his albums and songs at johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com or physically at blackmesarecords.com.
Keep moving forward, stay in the light, give love freely, and always remember that what we see as a storm may be soft rain after all. kind days are coming.
(photo by mary gilliam)
Dec 10, 2018
The full-length album Coyote was released 9 months ago this coming week, and as an end of year bonus, Black Mesa Records has re-released one of my first EPs on this beautiful blue splatter 10" vinyl, mastered to 45rpm. Along with the vinyl, we've made CDs and hand-printed a new t-shirt design thanks to Cole Roberts. Head on over to the label site and get some gifts before year end.
I had a spectacular experience returning to the mountains, pacific northwest coast, the southwestern deserts, and the places that hold so much meaning and mystery still that lie between the cities we live in. Boundless gratitude to every single person who came out to the shows, bought records, and sang along, and thank you to M. Lockwood Porter for being my companion on the highways.
As the tour came to an end and culminated in a trip to Little Rock to perform at Holiday Hangout with extended family and loved ones, I retreated back down to Austin, TX and began work on a new album. Assisted by Shonna Tucker, Will Johnson, John Moreland, and Megan Palmer, I am near speechless with the work we turned around and the magic that was created in the realm of Ramble Creek Studio with Britton Beisenherz at the helm. More news coming soon, but let this be known: music will not and can not pass away, and there is a lot of love printed to tape coming to your ears as soon as possible.
After a suspiciously long year and tens of thousands of miles traveled once again, I know many of us are tired, confused, exhausted, and ready for the tides of change to roll in with the winter winds. Hold fast and tight to the good, stay soft while maintaining your strength, and choose to move forward if you can will it to be.
all the love in the world for you to reach out and hold,
john calvin and family
Oct 10, 2018
Hey, West Coast friends. I am howling through the mountains and the deserts with long-time pal M. Lockwood Porter the entire month of November. I’ll have Coyote and some other special records in tow with me, and I'll be performing brand new songs from a yet-to-be-recorded solo LP.
Additionally, I'll be opening up for ever-rocksteady John Moreland in the southern US at the end of October!
Thurs, 10/25 - Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern (w/ John Moreland)
Fri, 10/26 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo (w/ John Moreland)
Sun, 10/28 - Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall (w/ John Moreland)
Fri, 11/2 - Denver, CO @ Skylark Lounge w/ Erika Ryann
Sat, 11/3 - Ogden, UT @ Songwriters' Circle
Sun, 11/4 - Missoula, MT @ Bad Goat Forest Product
Wed, 11/7 - Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel
Thurs, 11/8 - Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel
Fri, 11/9 - Portland, OR @ Alberta Street Pub
Sat, 11/10 - Seattle, WA @ Conor Byrne Pub w/ The Crying Shame
Sun, 11/11 - Medford, OR @ Sparks House Concerts
Wed, 11/14 - Reno, NV @ 7th Street Station
Thurs, 11/15 - Sacramento, CA @ The Press Club
Fri, 11/16 - Petaluma, CA @ Sunny Hill House Shows
Sat, 11/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia w/ Chelsea Coleman
Sun 11/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frog and Peach Pub
Mon, 11/19 - Bakersfield, CA @ El Conquistador House Concerts
Wed, 11/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Love Song w/ Alicia Blue
Fri, 11/23 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff Brewing Company
Sat, 11/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tractor Brewing Company
Sun, 11/25 - Santa Fe, NM @ Cowgirl BBQ
Wed, 11/28 - Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe w/ Ben Ballinger
Sat, 12/1 - Holiday Hangout at Whitewater Tavern
Keep updated here and on the social media maelstrom. For house show information, feel free to contact the booking email or search on the ol' internet machine. Take care of each other and do right.
love from john and family
photo by jeremy charles
Sep 24, 2018
For the first release of the Clerestory split 7” series, Samantha Crain recorded a stunning version of the traditional song “Wild Mountain Thyme”, and John Calvin Abney covered the John Hartford classic “First Girl I Loved”. Both songs were collaborative, with John adding guitar and other instrumentation to Samantha’s track, and Samantha providing background vocals for John’s track. Recorded in Oklahoma City at Stowaway Recording, the songs came together easily and calmly in the springtime of 2018. You can preorder the limited (300 exist only!) seafoam green 7" vinyl HERE from Clerestory AV's website.
John has a whole set of shows coming up in the month of October including:
October 12-13: Tahlequah, OK - Illinois River Jam (with Travis Linville, Samantha Crain, The Creek Rocks, Owen Temple, Courtney Patton, and many more)
October 16: Norman, OK - The Chouse (7" release with Samantha Crain)
October 25: Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern (opening for John Moreland)
October 26: Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo (opening for John Moreland)
October 28: Jackson, MS - Duling Hall (opening for John Moreland)
Besides touring with John Moreland, JCA has also begun writing the finishing touches for his next full length record, which he will be recording in December as the winter falls. Stay tuned here for more updates and always take care of you and yours in this wild world.
all our best to you.
team jca, james and family.
Jul 23, 2018
John will be heading overseas again this coming month to support John Moreland, opening and accompanying:
7/31 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe (JCA opening for John Moreland)
8/2 - Glasgow, UK - Kelvingrove Amphitheatre (guitar for Moreland)
8/3 - Birmingham, UK - Town Hall (guitar for Moreland)
8/4 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival (guitar for John Moreland)
8/5 - Bristol, UK - St. George's Church - (JCA opening for John Moreland)
Look forward to two new releases from John as summer melts into autumn. More news coming always.
-love, the team
Jul 2, 2018
Thanks Rolling Stone Country for the kind words, and video premiere, on your 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week list!
With its double-tracked vocals and kaleidoscopic pop twists, “Always Enough” channels the hushed, lo-fi symphonies of Elliot Smith’s Figure 8. Far from a mere nod to his influences, though, the song finds John Calvin Abney making peace with his biggest champion and simultaneous critic: himself. “Can’t you see that we were always enough?” he asks, turning the song into an ode to self-actualization.
Enjoy the video!
Jun 13, 2018
May 18, 2018
Today, on May 18th, 2018, Coyote is put forth into the world for your ears and hearts. Available digitally on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Bandcamp, and wherever you stream or download, and available physically at Black Mesa Records on vinyl and CD.
John was also featured this week in Rolling Stone's Artists You Need to Know, refering to John's songs as "Dreamy folk with a good balance of sadness and sunshine."
Thank you all for the continued support and for giving it hell every day and rolling with the punches.
-john, kris, and family
(photo top: Jess Luther, photo bottom: Rambo)
Apr 28, 2018
We've been getting some great press from Coyote. Here's what some folks have had to say:
"Abney’s brand of Americana isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, Abney's delievers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change, Ryan Adams‘ 29 and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or." - Wide Open Country
"Equal parts Elliott Smith and William Elliot Whitmore." - mxdwn
"Lush...dreamy." - The Boot
"Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism." - Glide Magazine
"9 out of 10...Abney is like a modern day Romantic poet, Wordsworth perhaps, (or Lord Byron – mad, bad and dangerous to know?) ... one of Oklahoma's finest comes up with the goods!" - Americana UK
The pre-order is almost over for Coyote. After May 10, orders will ship out as normal orders, after the May 18/19 release shows. There will be very limited quantities of pink vinyl at both of these shows, so if you're lucky enough to be in Tulsa at the Mercury Lounge on May 18, or The Blue Door in Oklahoma City on May 19, find the merch table fast, as we're sure these will go quickly. Pre-order at Black Mesa Records.
Peace and Love,
Apr 4, 2018
"Abney’s brand of Americana isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, Abney's delievers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change, Ryan Adams‘ 29 and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or...a blend of earnest balladry with an angelic and pensive soundscape that leans and sways with a comfortable ease"
-Wide Open Country (premiere of "Always Enough")
"Lush harmonies are layered over a dreamy groove..."
-The Boot (premiere of Get Your House In Order)
"Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism...slowburning tune feels reflective and hopeful...a rich sound perfectly suited to hit power pop vocals"
- Glide Magazine (premiere of Every Now and Then)
Pre-order Coyote now on CD and limited carnation pink vinyl at Black Mesa Records website before it is released on May 18th.
Thanks a million for your ears and hearts. Look out of one another out there.
love, john and family.
(photo by Dylan Johnson)