Dec 19, 2016
(photo by rambo photography)
There are no more shows on my books this year. Thank you to everyone who came out to one of the hundred-fifty-plus shows this year, spent their hard-earned cash on a record, shared my songs, felt something when they heard them, helped me when I was down, assisted me in spreading my words, and provided me shelter from the storm. "Far Cries and Close Calls" couldn't have happened without you, and I am happy that it means something to you. This rag-tag, rough-around-the-edges person hasn't forgotten a thing. Thanks for blessing my heart with the sound of music and warmth of your humanity in the coldest of days. A new record and an EP is coming, along with some other special news. Thanks for giving a damn, really. It's my true reward, and I mean it with every fiber of my heart, soul, and head. See you in 2017, my friends and compatriots fighting the same fight. We are all healing wounds, searching for a light, and aiming for something higher, whether we believe in ourselves or not. Find some strength in someone and some thing, and stay warm this winter, and when you come off of your mountain, show some patience and kindness if you can. thank you for you and everything that you are in this world.
love forever and always,
john calvin abney
Nov 9, 2016
Hello, family and friends.
I am happy to announce that The Bluegrass Situation premiered the music video for "Way Out" today on their site, directed and edited by Sterlin Harjo. It was a work of love and contains footage from many tours across the USA with my dear friends.
It is a dark day for our country, as the ill-mannered, foul-mouthed, and unprepared president-elect takes the polls. We cannot let the darkness smother our light. Hold on to the light and push it forth. Create, speak your voice, and stand for what is right. We're going to make it through.
Autumn tour will continue until the winter months and I hope that we can share a song, a meal, a drink, and a conversation before then. We will keep making, we will keep fighting, and we will sing our songs in celebration of life and in defense and recognition of safety and happiness for all.
The tour poster above was lovingly created by May Yang at Flash Flood Printing, with the sprites made by Hector Hoyo, and printed to a limited 35 copies, 6 color prints on 16x20 beautiful french paper and available at tour dates only. See you guys out there, soon, soon, soon.
john and family
Oct 28, 2016
We hope the world and it's intricacies have been treating you well. John is gearing up to head out for a set of tour dates with his friend, M. Lockwood Porter, to select towns in the midwest US before his southwest and west coast sojourn. Here are a list of dates where John will be:
10/31 - The Shelter - Oxford, MS (w/ Holy Ghost Electric Show)
11/1 - 5spot - Nashville, TN
11/2 - Sugarland's Distillery - Gatlinburg, TN
11/3 - The Basement - Nashville, TN (w/ Joey Kneiser, Kent Eugene Goolsby)
11/4 - Stagger Inn - Edwardsville, IL (w/ Beth Bombara)
11/5 - Dead Wax Records - St. Louis, MO (w/ Beth Bombara)
11/6 - Uncommon Grounds - Chicago, IL
11/7 - Moeller Nights at The Village Theatre - Davenport, IA (with Vita and the Woolf)
(Update: aware that the poster says Evanston, IL on the 11/4 date erroneously, but we will definitely be in Edwardsville that night. Thank you for understanding.)
Also, great news! The vinyl of Far Cries and Close Calls will be arriving on Halloween! We will be sending out all of the pre-orders on November 1st and fulfilling your orders instantaneously. Thank you for your continued support and your willingness to inject love into the air amidst the strange, the dark, and the cold. More updates coming soon, more tour dates to come, and more words to sing.
j and family
Oct 4, 2016
Far Cries and Close Calls is available for purchase at all your local Oklahoma record stores! Check out johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com to order digital and physical CDs, plus the vinyl pre-order is still going. Grab your copy today!
Vesa at onechord.net had splendid words concerning this collection of songs, saying:
"a very impressive collection of songs and his best album so far... John has found his own voice...unique combination of folk, americana, rock’n’roll and indie pop. I hope this one will get the recognition it deserves. In my books, Far Cries and Close Calls is one of 2016’s finest."
A music video for the song "Way Out" is finished and will be released in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes and ears at full attention!
Before John heads out on his 30+ day tour across America in support of the album, he will be making a run to the mountains of Colorado for a select set of theatre and brewery dates:
10/6 - Ft. Collins, CO - Swing Station (w/Ben Ballinger)
10/7 - Dolores, CO - Dolores River Brewery
10/8 - Ridgway, CO - Sherbino Theatre (w/ Foxfeather)
10/9 - Divide, CO - Paradox Brewing Company
more news coming soon!
-john and family
Sep 23, 2016
Today is release day worldwide, and we are proud that "Far Cries and Close Calls" is available everywhere on all digital platforms, Spotify, iTunes, etc. Listen loud and share it with a friend.
Go to johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com to order the physical record and pre-order the vinyl now to receive one of the 100 limited edition denim blue vinyl (with full lyric insert and album art) available.
We are pleased to announce that Bucket Full of Nails has premiered the record, replete with a great review and streaming playlist with the entirety of the record, "Far Cries and Close Calls". Announcing that "Abney is growing into the poet we all need," check it out now in all of it's well-written form and listen to the song sequence right here.
Tulsa Voice covered the record this week, calling it "an unique work...equal parts dream pop and rock and roll, with layers of lo-fi atmospheric folk...with fanciful, poetic, folkloric writing."
More coming soon, but until then,
john and family.
(photo by Jeremy Charles)
Aug 31, 2016
Happy to announce to you that PopMatters.com premiered my new song, Goodbye Temporarily, from the upcoming full-length record, "Far Cries and Close Calls"!
If you pre-order now, you will receive the new song immediately, and the whole digital album will be sent to you the day the record drops. Compact disc and limited edition run of 100 denim blue vinyl with a two-side insert with lyrics can be ordered now via hortonrecords.bandcamp.com. Stay tuned for updates and tour plans coming into autumn and winter.
Come see one or all of three special shows to commemorate the release:
Saturday, Sept. 24 - Woody Guthrie Center Theatre, Tulsa, OK 7pm
Thursday, Sept. 29 - The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 1 - Soul City, Tulsa, OK 9pm (full band, Wink Burcham opens)
Cheers from John and family-team.
(photo by Rambo)
Jul 8, 2016
Happy to announce the upcoming full-length album release of "Far Cries and Close Calls" on September 23, 2016 via Horton Records in the US and Continental Road in Europe! John had the opportunity to work with some wonderful musicians from Tulsa and Nashville, including Megan Palmer on harmony and fiddle, Paddy Ryan on drums, Aaron Boehler on bass, and Cody Clinton on electric guitar. This record is the culmination of John's writing during the post-phase of Better Luck and his journeys that lead him across the states and sea, incorporating the last year of experience into what became FC&CC. Stay tuned here and on John's social media to see how you can help with the final release, including a full vinyl cut of the songs and a spread including all of the lyrics held within.
John will be performing at Woody Guthrie Festival in historic Okemah, OK again this year at the Brickstreet Tavern on July 16th at 2pm, sharing songs from his new record and weaving stories from his last tours.
In August, John will be heading out for a near month of touring in Alaska with Tennessee singer/songwriter, Nellie Clay. Here are his dates on the frontier:
8/4 - Trail Lake Lodge - Moose Pass, AK
8/5 - The Kingfisher - Cooper Landing, AK
8/7 - Salmon Fest - Ninilchik, AK
8/10 - Resurrection Bay - Seward, AK
8/12 - The Fairview - Talkeetna, AK
8/13 - The Blue Fox - Anchorage, AK
8/14 - Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - Talkeetna, AK
8/17 - House Concert - Anchorage, AK
8/18 - On Air KNBA - Anchorage, AK
8/19 - Live @ 5/Out North - Anchorage, AK
8/20 - Gov't Peak Rec - Palmer, AK
8/20 - Taproot - Anchorage, AK
8/21 - Blueberry Festival - Girdwood, AK
Until then, keep your heads up and be kind to others. These are some tough times that we're going through and pointing fingers doesn't solve issues. Only by getting to the root of the problems can we keep them from growing. More updates coming soon.
Apr 27, 2016
(poster by Kalyn Fay Barnoski)
Excited to announce another upcoming tour with Shonna Tucker (Eye Candy, Pegi Young, Drive-By Truckers) and Porter into the midwest and southern United States. If we're coming through your town, drop us a line and check it out:
5/15 Oklahoma City, OK :: The Blue Door *
5/18 St. Louis, MO :: House Show *
5/19 Nashville, TN :: 5 Spot
5/20 :: Muscle Shoals, AL :: 116 E. Mobile +
5/21 :: Knoxville, AL :: Dirty South House Concert Series
5/22 :: Birmingham, AL :: Moonlight on the Mountain
5/24 :: Atlanta, GA :: Smith's Olde Bar
5/25 :: Montgomery, AL :: The Sanctuary
5/26 :: Mobile, AL :: Callaghan's
5/27 :: Baton Rouge, LA :: Dyson House
(*w/out Shonna Tucker)
(+w/out John Calvin Abney)
I will not be able to make the Muscle Shoals, AL performance on May 20, because I have the opportunity to perform at Cain's Ballroom with an all-star band (including Pete Thomas, Danny Faragher, Fats Kaplin, Jimmy Karstein amongst others) and a group of excellent songwriters, singers, and musicians that include John Fullbright, John Moreland, Hanson, Elizabeth Cook, and many other folks of reputable talent.
I will be continuing the tour on the next night in Knoxville, TN. Here is the official poster for the Steve Ripley curated "On A Night Like This": Celebration of All Things Bob Dylan.
As the full length record is being mastered, a slew of other projects and tours are in the works, including another EP to be released this summer, and much studio session work. More updates to follow.
jca and family
Mar 12, 2016
Hello, folks! More good news heading in your general direction.
This next week of March, I will be at Fellowship Hall in Little Rock, Arkansas recording my new full length record with the help of some close friends, Tulsa Sound hotshots, and the talented Megan Palmer (who has a great record herself that you should check out!) These songs are definitely the most mature and thought-out pieces I've ever composed and I am excited to share them with you, lyircally and musically.
Cosmic happenings in the pipeline this last week have led me to my first official SXSW showcase in Austin, TX on March 19 at St. David's Bethel Chapel at 11pm, alongside other killer Okie acts performing in one of the most spacious and resonant venues in the entire festival. Check it out!
Daniel Markham and I are going on an East Coast tour to sing songs from both our new records coming out this summer. Come catch us aorund your hometown or the places that you hold close.
3/26 - Norman, OK - The Deli
3/27 - Springfield, MO - Lindberg's
3/28 - St. Louis, MO - Dead Wax Records (w/ Beth Bombara)
3/30 - Jackson, TN - Downtown Tavern
3/31 - Gatlinburg, TN - Sugarlands Distillery
4/1 - Richmond, VA - House Show
4/2 - Baltimore, MD - Club 608
4/3 - York, PA - Sign of the Wagon
4/4 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
4/5 - Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn
4/6 - Charlottesville, VA - The Garage
4/7 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
4/9 - Athens, GA - Flicker Bar
4/10 - Anniston, AL - Caldwell Tavern
4/11 - Montgomery, AL - The Sanctuary
4/12 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Brewery
4/14 - Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern
4/15 - Tulsa, OK - Mercury Lounge
4/16 - Tulsa, OK - Opolis
More tours to be announced soon and some sideman work for some folks that I am ecstatic about. If you would like to listen/purchase any of the music I've recorded up this point for digital downloads, check out johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com, but if you would like hard copies, email us and we will gladly fill your order. Thanks a million. Until the next time we cross paths.
John Calvin Abney and family
Jan 28, 2016
Greetings, people of the world.
(photo by Erin Rambo)
John has been a speeding bullet since the release of Vice Versa Suite EP in December. After returning from Europe backing Samantha Crain, he has been diving head-first into writing sessions for the the full length record. He made his way to the western slope of Colorado and completed the arrangements and lyrics for what will be recorded in March. Engineer Jason Weinheimer and rhythm section Paddy Ryan and Aaron Boehler, along with long-time guitarist Kyle Reid, will be accompanying John Calvin in the spring-time at Fellowship Hall in Little Rock, AR.
In addition to his next full-length record, John will be assisting a good group of songwriters on assorted instruments in the studio, including John Moreland, Chris Porter, Kierston White, and M. Lockwood Porter in coming months. All the songwriters listed are stellar and produce beautiful work. Check them all out individually.
Congratulations to John Moreland, fresh back from touring with Jason Isbell in Europe, for securing a spot on the Stephen Colbert Late Show on February 1st. Everyone tune in at your favorite watering hole/dive.
One of Oklahoma's wonderful little secret of a venue, Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville, OK, will be ceasing live music at the end of the month of February. John and countless other acts, locally and nationally, have performed here for years and mourn the loss of such a great venue. Though, they will still be open for food and drink ( which they do very well, we might add), music will be no more. John has the opportunity of performing here one last time on February 13th, Saturday. Come sing some songs with him before the great change.
John will be attending Folk Alliance International for his 3rd consecutive year from February 17-21 in Kansas City, Missouri, supporting Vice Versa Suite EP and his upcoming soon-to-be-cut LP.
As always, keep in touch here and via social media to keep up with the shows and the ever-turning wheels. We send our best into the world.
-John and friends.