Oct 30, 2014

"Empty Candles" EP digital release (in preparation for "Better Luck" LP due out January 9th)

"Empty Candles" EP digital release (in preparation for "Better Luck" LP due out January 9th)

Greetings and Happy Halloween, people of the digital world. John Calvin here.

I've been on and off the road with various acts getting ready to release "Better Luck", and since it has been pushed back to January to gather the necessary things for a good push, I've made an EP of songs I've penned over the course of the past 8 months in my home studio. Recorded and mixed on a 4-track tape machine and mixed down to digital, I hope you can enjoy these while awaiting the LP release.

Here is "Empty Candles".


This EP is a collection of songs written between the pre-production of "Better Luck" and the tours that took place in the spring and summer of 2014. The entire EP was recorded with two microphones and mixed on the machine itself in 10 days. Available on Bandcamp in big, bountiful .WAV files, all proceeds will go towards the funding of the next tour/release. All of this seems baffling sometimes.

"Better Luck" LP is due out January 25th and will fly in the new year of 2015. Thanks for all the support, patience, and love. Until we ride again,

john calvin abney and family.

Sep 23, 2014

I recorded an Elliott Smith cover about a year ago for a tribute show at Opolis.

found in the vast hard-drive forests.
free to listen and download, of course.

Elliott Smith's "Happiness"
from the album "Figure 8"

recorded on tape in my bedroom with two microphones. thanks for listening.


Aug 13, 2014

slightly southern summer tour. come hear some songs and let's catch up.

slightly southern summer tour. come hear some songs and let's catch up.


Here is a brand new t-shirt design that will be available on this tour, along with the brand new single "Corsicana" and the old EP, "Without Wax"

Masters have returned for "Better Luck" and the debut LP is coming soon. Pre-record release tour, guaranteed.

see you all out on the road.

space cowboy signing off.

Aug 4, 2014

Afterhours Session video, "Sirens" from upcoming debut LP, "Better Luck"


John performed a song from his upcoming record "Better Luck" in Norman's Guestroom Records last winter with the guys from Afterhours Sessions, and here it is. Ben Handler captured a special acoustic performance of the new song, "Sirens". Go to this red link or straight to the video section above to give it a look and listen!

Go check out the bandcamp link on the right side of the page for more of John's previous music and check out what he has been up to by liking and connecting with him on social media.

Jul 23, 2014

Back to basics, changing names, and highway running. US SOUTHERN TOUR IN AUGUST!

Back to basics, changing names, and highway running. US SOUTHERN TOUR IN AUGUST!

(photo by the splendid Tom Dunning)

Hello, folks! Here is some more news headed your way.

In order to dodge being confused with century old theologians and related fare, John is now going by his full name and dropping the one-two to go three names strong. John Calvin Abney is the name you'll see in releases and promotion here on out.

John will be releasing his LP, "Better Luck" in late fall on vinyl, CD, and digital distribution.

Fellow bandmate Kyle Reid will be releasing his LP, "Alright, Here We Go..." on 12'' and CD, too, so as always, keep an ear to the ground and an eye to the sky for more good news and melodies.


In a bout of supermoon madness and the echoing of a lonesome sound, John Moreland has started work on his new record also, including J.C.A, Jarod Tyler, and Jesse Aycock as instrumentalists. JM's songs are as profound as ever and the studio environment has been nothing short of wonderful. If you haven't heard of John Moreland, then you're doing yourself a disservice. Go immerse yourself in his tunes (his last record "In The Throes",) and his labelmates on Last Chance Records.


Come see John as he rolls through your town in the US South this August:

August 12 - College Bar, Stillwater, OK (w/ Cody Brewer)
August 14 - Red Brick Bar, Norman, OK
August 15 - The Blue Door, OKC, OK (w/ John Moreland)
August 16 - The Colony, Tulsa, OK (w/ Robert Hoefling, Jarod Tyler)
August 18 - House Show, Russellville, AR (w/ Uncle Fatty)
August 19 - Maxine's, Hot Springs, AR (w/ Uncle Fatty)
August 20 - Whitewater Tavern, Little Rock, AR (w/ Uncle Fatty)
August 21 - Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS (w/Mississippi Shakedown and Della Memoria)
August 22 - Mezo's, Ocean Springs, MS (w/ Mississippi Shakedown and Della Memoria)
August 23 -  Irish Coast, Gulfport, MS
August 25 - Flying Harpoon, Gulfshores, AL
August 26 - Neutural Grounds, New Orleans, LA
August 27 - Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth, TX
August 28 - House Show, Dallas, TX

Take care and keep moving,

j.c. and family

Jun 17, 2014

KOSU In-Studio Performance, a trip back to Bartlesville, and an August-set southern US tour!

KOSU In-Studio Performance, a trip back to Bartlesville, and an August-set southern US tour!

(photo by Dakota Leuwallen)

(text taken from the KOSU website)

"On Friday, June 20 at 8pm, KOSU hosts singer/songwriter John Calvin in our Oklahoma City performance studio, as part of Premiere on Film Row.

The Norman multi-instrumentalist just finished recording an album in San Francisco, but released an EP, Without Wax, in 2012.

  • For a chance to win tickets to this exclusive event, e-mail us at tickets@kosu.org."


This Saturday, June 21! I am playing solo at Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville, OK once again, loud AND turned down. Let's make it happen.

Gearing up for another tour through the southern United States in August and the release of the full-length record, "Better Luck" in late fall 2014.

see you on the road,


john and family.

Jun 13, 2014

Michael Loveland, my man.

Michael Loveland, my man.

We're pulling for you, guaranteed. Poolboys for life.

May 22, 2014

Made it back to Oklahoma with a new record in hand and a whole mess of stories.

Made it back to Oklahoma with a new record in hand and a whole mess of stories.

(photo by Erin Rambo)

After a long tour and journey, John has returned from Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA with the new LP recorded and mixed, with John Moreland, Kyle Reid, Peter Labberton, and Jacob Winik all contributing to it's creation."Better Luck" is 11 original songs put straight to tape in 6 days and to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital. The album is currently in the mastering stages and is slated for a late fall release and tour.

Immense thanks to all the kind folks and listening ears that helped the music down the road on this last tour. From the Canyonlands to the Pacific, from the plains to the mountains, there are good people all about.

If you're ever in the area of the Mission in San Francisco, go check out Paulcity Goods. Paul is an amazing leather worker and kindly fixed the straps on my guitar case and made me a belt to keep these pants from falling off. Order at www.paulcity.com and check out the awesome stuff he crafts.


John has a few special shows coming up including a songswap with John Moreland and Wink Burcham at Bartlesville's Frank and Lola's:

John has a couple duo shows with Ali Harter coming up also, both at Norman's Deli:

Friday, May 30th - John Calvin and Ali Harter
Tuesday, June 17th - Ali Harter duo with Carolina Story


Furthermore, John Calvin will also be accompanying Samantha Crain for a small set of shows:

June 5 - Fassler Hall, Tulsa, OK
June 6 - Magnolia Motor Lounge - Fort Worth, TX
June 7 - The Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK


One of John's close friends and bandmates, Michael Loveland, was diagnosed with cancer last month, and Norman musicians are coming together to raise some money to offset medical bills and other costs. Come support an amazing person and a stellar songwriter.


john and family

Apr 8, 2014

SPRING TOUR DATES UPDATED!! Coffee and Riffs for your consideration.

Good news everybody!

Here is a video John did with Brady Smith (Walrus Audio) and Seth McCarroll for their series, Coffee and Riffs. Thanks to the guys and girls who were all there helping out. Mr. Black Supermoon is one of the coolest pedals in the chain, check out Walrus Audio pedals and Mr. Black pedals, you won't be disappointed.

As the previous post announced, John is recording his debut full-length record at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco with John Moreland producing and Jacob Winik engineering at the end of the month. Being quite a trek from Oklahoma to California, he is back at it again and will be coming through your town this April/May:


April 21: The 806, Amarillo, TX
April 23: Flagstaff Brewing Co, Flagstaff, AZ
April 24: Tempe Tavern, Tempe, AZ
April 26: House Show, San Francisco, CA
April 27: Milkbar, San Francisco, CA

April 28-May 7: Tiny Telephones sessions

May 10: Dolores Brewing Company, Dolores, CO
May 11: DSP Pizza, Pagosa Springs, CO
May 12: Taos Mesa Brewing Company, Taos, NM
May 13: Adobe Inn/Bar, Taos, NM
May 14: Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
May 17: Schwarzstock Music Festival, El Reno, OK


All the love from the family and folks,

john and friends

Mar 28, 2014

Spring Announcements (and good news for those who it may concern.)

Spring Announcements (and good news for those who it may concern.)

UPDATE: Hey folks. Full-band, telecaster rock-and-roll trio show at the OPOLIS in Norman this Friday, opening up for the Pennsylvania folk-rock band, the Districts. Check their music out on youtube, their song Funeral Beds is pretty sweet.


Winter was a wild cycle of work and weather conditions that didn't always play nice together, but we made it. It's been a gradual warmth leaning towards the spring months. Lots has been going on, so let me fill you in while I piece the fragments together:

SXSW never fails to be an absolute whirlwind of bands and food trucks for me. 6th street becomes inundated with hip folks and street performers alike while (nearly) every club had something to offer for your ear. I traveled down to Austin playing Wurlitzer and guitar for the Damn Quails again and each show went super, especially our show at the Saxon Pub. Their new line-up has stepped up and made the band even more accessible and enjoyable across genres (still rock and roll as ever, though!) All and all, the tour was excellent. Thanks to everyone who came out and yelled with us.

Although, while I was experiencing the heightened senses and super-stimulation, there was a terrible accident and many people were hurt down on 10th and Red River because of a drunk driver, a stolen car, and a disregard for safety and life. My heart goes out to anyone who was affected and I hope those taken find peace.

On the lighter note, I heard some wonderful singer-songwriters down south, including Chris Porter and Bonnie Whitmore. Having some drinks with my friend John, I walked into the Big Bang (a pub located right in the eye of storm of 6th) and had a chance to hear these folks. Chris sings a hell of a song and Bonnie plays a mean bass guitar. Check them out if you get a chance. Will Johnson of Centromatic produced Chris' new record, and hot damn, it's a winner.


Thank you to Fowler Volkswagon  and the national team for using "What Do You Think" on their new commercial, featuring puppet work by Shanna Paddock and design by David Bizarro! The commercial premiered during last week's The Walking Dead on AMC. It's adorable and fun and I was glad the creative team decided to use one of my songs. Stay tuned for it, it's still running!

Samantha Crain and I performed at Sheri's Living Room for a full audience in special house concert recently and it went exceptionally well. The crowd was attentive, the room was special in many ways, and we had Doug Schwarz taking photography. Here is a capture from the evening!


The days grow closer to departure day to record my first full-length record at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco. With mad-scientist Jacob Winik engineering at the helm and Oklahoma powerhouse John Moreland producing, these songs will be able to breathe in brand new ways I can't even imagine. I am excited as can be and without many more words.

Tour dates will be posted soon.

Thanks for all the good will and your attention span to read this.

regards (or more appropriately, cheers,)

john calvin