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)
Feb 27, 2018
After months of preparation, we're happy to announce the next John Calvin Abney full length LP Coyote!
Here's what Glide Magazine had to say when premiering the track "Every Now And Then:"
The slowburning tune feels reflective and hopeful both in its lyrics and musical composition.
True to the story of how the record got made, Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism.
The album, available on 180 Gram vinyl in limited quantities in both Baby Pink and standard Black, as well as CD, are available for pre-order (shipping early May) at Black Mesa Records.
Peace and Love,
Photo: Dylan Johnson
Dec 14, 2017
(photos by Chad Cochran)
This year has been one of the strangest, most grueling, and trying years of this planet. After performing over 125+ shows accompanying John Moreland, 70+ of personal tour dates, and traveling close to 70,000 miles over the past 365 days, I had a lot of stories, a lot of fears, a lot of love, and a lot of questions about why the world was being spread thin, why the folks running the show were letting greed and bigotry into the ranks of government, and if home would still be there when I got home.
The music was always there, and the teams I've worked with have been steadfast and true and unerring in their paths, and for that, I am lucky and thankful. From performing alongside John Prine and playing guitar on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium to the full US tour supporting Iron and Wine and backing John Moreland behind the piano on the Jools Holland show on the BBC, working with Moreland's team has been a dream among dreams. In the new year, the duo is becoming a full band beginning in February!
Amongst all of the good times and hard work, I found some answers and wrote and created a record containing songs that I hold very dear to my heart. Recording in full at Fellowship Hall once again in Little Rock, I had the opportunity to work with Paddy Ryan on drums, Shonna Tucker on bass and vocals, and Megan Palmer on violin, keys, and vocals. This full length record is mixed, mastered, and slated for a late spring release, more information coming shortly. We created some magic and can't wait to share with you finally in 2018.
Tim Easton and I recorded a 7" split of traveling songs that is coming out at the end of February. My track, "Full of Farewells", is on side B, and I recorded it to tape at my house in Oklahoma. Tim also recorded his song analog and at home in Nashville, TN. We hope you'll enjoy our tunes and check out the grand folks who run Different Folk records out of Sioux Falls, SD, who continue to put out excellent artists and songs.
take care and happy new year.
-john and family.
Sep 16, 2017
(photo by rambo)
John Calvin Abney will be heading up to Colorado for a set of dates this September, including a show in Denver with the kind country singer Erika Ryann, who John co-wrote a song with in July across the plains and mountains. Check out the updates in the TOUR section above or by clicking here.
Continuing to support the inimitable John Moreland on guitar and piano, John Calvin will be accompanying Moreland on a set of dates supporting John Prine and Iron & Wine over the next two months. Go to John Moreland's tour section of his site to see if we are coming to your town at www.johnmoreland.net.
Different Folk Records will be releasing a 7" single split of Tim Easton and John Calvin Abney in the new year, but this is all that will be said for now. Songs are recorded and being mastered as I type these words for you. As I always say and continue to echo, keep those ears to the ground and those eyes to the sky.
With a entire set of songs written, a new LP is on the horizon, too. More about this later.
With another beaming and weighty summer behind us, we charge into autumn with our hearts in our words and our voices in our throats. From the wild fires on the west coast, the hurricanes in the south, and hateful, inept leaders making moves like a child playing chess, there has been more dark than we can count. But, do not fear, we've got better days ahead, I know it. I hope it, and hope counts for more that we can possibly imagine these days. Go listen to some music, help a friend, love your fellow human, and be there for each other.
we love you.
john calvin abney and family.
Jun 19, 2017
(photo by Brittany Phillips)
John Calvin Abney will be accompanying John Moreland on multiple instruments through out the summer and autumn, including dates with Iron and Wine. Keep updated at johnmoreland.net and come see a show in a town near you!
John will be playing at Summer Breeze Concert Series in Norman, OK with a full band on June 25, no tickets needed. Free performance at Lion's Park. The band will include many friends and family from many years of members Oklahomans will recognize. Thanks to the Norman Transcipt for covering the concert.
Tim Easton, Nashvillian-Ohioan troubadour, and John will be recording a 7'' split on Different Folks records this summer to be released in late fall, keep an ear to the ground and your eyes wide open.
May 3, 2017
(poster by Claire Morales)
After a month of accompanying John Moreland on festival dates throughout the west and east coasts of these United States, John Calvin Abney will be joining Daniel Markham on a tour through the south. Come check them out:
5/4 The Deli, Norman, OK (John solo)
5/5 Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth, TX
5/6 Blackheart Bar, Austin, TX (w/ Graham Webster, Mrs. Glass)
5/7 Andy's, Denton, TX
5/8 Red Brick Bar, Norman, OK
5/9 Whitewater Tavern, Little Rock, AR (w/ Lilly Hiatt)
5/10 Downtown Tavern, Jackson, TN
5/11 Crying Wolf, Nashville, TN
5/12 TBA, Nashville, TN
5/13 JJ's, Chattanooga, TN
5/14 116 E Mobile, Florence, AL (w/ Jay Burgess)
5/15 Druid City Brewing, Tuscaloosa, AL
5/16 Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS
5/18 Dyson House, Baton Rouge, LA (John, opening for BJ Barham)
John is in the works of creating an acoustic EP with some of the songs from Better Luck, far older tracks, and a new song, before he dives into work on his next full length record. Thank you guys for coming to shows and supporting the folks who are out there digging through the dirt for something better. Cheers.
love from JCA and fam.