Dec 21, 2014

"BETTER LUCK" WINTER RELEASE TOUR ANNOUNCED WITH M. LOCKWOOD PORTER!

"BETTER LUCK" WINTER RELEASE TOUR ANNOUNCED WITH M. LOCKWOOD PORTER!

Folks of the universe,

If you're in the southern and midwestern United States, M. Lockwood Porter and I are coming to your town (or near your town) and we're going to sing you songs. "Better Luck" vinyl and CDs have arrived safely to my merch bin and will be available in January.

The official release date is January 25th and the release show will be at the hallowed Blue Door in Oklahoma City. You can purchase tickets for the release show here via Ticketstorm.

Download the first single, "Dark Horse Army" via Bandcamp or by clicking here!

Keep updated on all extra dates and news here.

Also, don't forget I'll be touring with the Damn Quails to Colorado and performing songs off of my new record before the release tour:

Jan. 2 - Amarillo, TX @ Hoot's Pub
Jan. 5 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Carl's Tavern
Jan. 7 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Carl's Tavern
Jan. 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Jan. 10 - Wichita, KS @ Lizard Lounge

-john.

Dec 1, 2014

"Dark Horse Army", single from "Better Luck" LP available now on Bandcamp!

"Dark Horse Army", single from "Better Luck" LP available now on Bandcamp!

people of the internet and the modern world,

here is the first single from the new LP. It is available as a single download/stream on Bandcamp until the record is released physically on CD and vinyl (Foolish Philosophy records), and digitally on iTunes and Spotify.

Download the new single, "Dark Horse Army" via Bandcamp or by clicking here!

I am honored to be releasing my record at the legenday Blue Door in Oklahoma City, one of the best listening rooms in hundreds of miles. Accompanying me will be M. Lockwood Porter, who just released an amazing record himself.

Tickets are available now until they run out! 
You can purchase tickets for the release show here.

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I'll be touring with the Damn Quails to Colorado and playing my songs in the winter of January:

Jan. 2 - Amarillo, TX @ Hoot's Pub
Jan. 5 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Carl's Tavern
Jan. 7 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Carl's Tavern
Jan. 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Jan. 10 - Wichita, KS @ Lizard Lounge

Lastly, M. Lockwood Porter are touring the Midwest US for the release in January and February! Here are some towns we will be singing in:

Jan. 15 - Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern (w/ Andy Warr)
Jan. 16 - Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's Live (w/ Andy Warr)
Jan. 17 - Memphis, TN @ House Show (contact for attn)
Jan. 18 - Clarksdale, MS @ Shack-up Inn
Jan. 19 - Clarksdale, MS @ Shack-up Inn
Jan. 20 - Tupelo, MS @ The Blue Canoe
Jan. 21 - Nashville, TN @ The 5spot (with Joey Kneiser, Todd Farrell)
Jan. 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Evangeline's
Jan. 23 - Kansas City, MO @ Harling's (with AJ Gaither)
Jan. 24 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
Jan. 25 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Door (CD RELEASE)
Jan. 26 - Fort Worth, TX @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Jan. 27 - Austin, TX @ Tiger Den Studios (w/ Ben Ballinger)
Jan. 28 - Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe
Jan. 29 - San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
Jan. 30 - TBA
Jan. 31 - Lafayette, LA @ Seed and Feed (w/ the Viatones)
Feb. 1 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
Feb. 2 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
Feb. 3 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
Feb. 4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
Feb. 5 - Florence, AL @ 116 E. Mobile
Feb. 6 - Tulsa, OK @ The Colony (full band, w/ Grazzhopper)

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more dates to announced soon!

thanks for listening.

john and family.

Nov 26, 2014

December 1st. releasing "Dark Horse Army" single from "Better Luck" LP (due out Jan. 25th)

Hey, folks. It's about time that I announce this. December 1st, I am releasing "Dark Horse Army", the first single from "Better Luck" LP, due out Jan. 25th on vinyl/CD/digital. The single will be available only on Bandcamp until the full album release. 

Also, folks of the southern midwest US! I will be touring through your bars and clubs in January and February with my friend M. Lockwood Porter. Dates will be announced soon.

until Dec. 1st, with love,

jca

Oct 30, 2014

"Empty Candles" EP digital release (in preparation for "Better Luck" LP due out January 25th)

"Empty Candles" EP digital release (in preparation for "Better Luck" LP due out January 25th)

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".

https://johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com/

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.

-john

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.

TOUR DATES ABOVE AND IN THE SHOWDATES TAB.

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.

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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.

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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."

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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,

love,

john and family.

Jun 13, 2014

Michael Loveland, my man.

Michael Loveland, my man.

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