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 is now working with fellow friends in a start-up label in old Oklahoma called Foolish Philosophy and 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..." and good buddy Travis Linville will be re-releasing "Out on a Wire" and "Sun and Moon" as a double-EP 12'', so as always, keep an ear to the ground and an eye to the sky.


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 - TBA
August 26 - Neutural Grounds, New Orleans, LA
August 27 - TBA
August 28 - House Show, Dallas, TX
August 29 - TBA

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

Jan 17, 2014

Finishing the beginning of the year with a set of special shows!

Finishing the beginning of the year with a set of special shows!

Hello again, folks! While working towards writing the LP (being recorded in late spring!) John has been playing full-time, full-throttle, gearing up the new songs to be pressed and spun. Mr. Jordan Herrera (of Young Readers) has returned from a long tour and both John and Jordan have been performing select duo sets on certain dates! Keep up with the showdates calendar to stay updated on these performances.

Poolboy, John's surf-punk project with Michael Loveland and Sean Barker (both of Early Beat,) have pressed a set of limited edition cassette tapes of "Soda Kids EP" on Grabbing Clouds out of Chicago, see your record stores in OKC and Chicago for one of your own. Furthermore, Poolboy will also be pressing "Soda Kids EP" on limited pink haze vinyl with Squonk Records out of Norman, OK. Release is slated for February. Come thrash around with us.

The end of this month, John will be opening solo for John Fullbright for the OKMozart Concert Series in Bartlesville, OK, at Frank and Lola's. Unfortunately, this has already sold out, but the day before, John and full string band, including Kyle Reid (of the Chariots,) Jon Knudson (The Northern Lights, Whiskey Myers) and Jordan Herrera (Young Readers), will be performing an entire night of new and old music at Frank and Lola's. Please come enjoy a night of song and drink with these folks!

Until next time, folks. All the love.

John Calvin and family

Dec 23, 2013

End of 2013: Perform in the Winter, Studio in the Spring!!

Hey, folks! Hope the fall turned out well and that you are staying warm in these freezing rains and banshee winds. Staying busy as always, John has been playing shows backing John Moreland in the Dustbowl Souls in Oklahoma, and also, with the Damn Quails across Texas and Colorado. Along with recording guitars with swing band, Kyle Reid and the Low-Swinging Chariots, and hip-hop group, Addverse Effects, he assisted in the release of Poolboy's 7" "Soda Kids EP" on drums.

With saved time and head to the grindstone, he will be playing a handful of solo shows this winter across Oklahoma to get everyone prepared for his first full-length LP, slated to be out in summer.

You can catch John with his talented band of wild bandits in the new year:

January 9th: The Deli in Norman, OK (w/ Sixty-Nine Dollar Guitar)

January 17th: Tres Cantina in Norman, OK (solo)

January 24th: The Vanguard in Tulsa, OK (w/ ADMIRALS)

January 25th: Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville, OK (full band)

January 26th: Frank and Lola's n Bartlesville, OK (w/ John Fullbright)


John has booked studio time in late April to start work on the LP at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco, CA. The record will be recorded fully analog with engineer Jacob Winik at the console, with the assistance of some of his best friends backing him, including guitarist Kyle Reid. More news about the LP soon!

Until next time, lovely people of the world.

Oct 28, 2013

Playing the hits while writing songs, traveling the whole country long, and POOLBOY.

Playing the hits while writing songs, traveling the whole country long, and POOLBOY.

Howdy, folks! Looks like we have an enormous fall ahead of us!

Poolboy just released their 7'', "Soda Kids" on bandcamp. Check it out at poolboy1.bandcamp.com. The record was recorded at Blackwatch Studios and engineered by Jarod Evans. Poolboy features Sean Barker and Michael Loveland from Norman garage pop project Early Beat and John Calvin as a three piece surf-punk power trio.

Besides playing around town with Poolboy, Addverse Effects, and Kyle Reid, John has been getting settled, albeit in a rapid haphazard way, to a new (temporary) home, writing songs and recording tapes to ready for his first full length LP. John has been in the laboratory, creating and concocting, finding time in odd little corners and cabinets. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes to the skies.


John will be accompanying his good friends, The Damn Quails, on a Colorado run during Halloween time on keyboards, guitars and a touch of pedal steel! For more information, go to www.thedamnquailsband.com.

Oct. 30 - Currents - Salida, CO
Oct. 31 - Dolores River Brewery - Dolores, CO
Nov. 1 - Turn of the Century Saloon - Montrose, CO
Nov. 2 - Little Bear - Evergreen, CO 


John will also be going back to the east coast, backing Samantha Crain on Wurlitzer and acoustic guitar, supporting Ha Ha Tonka. For more information, go to www.samanthacrain.com.

Nov. 8 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
Nov. 9 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Nov. 10 - Buffalo, NY - Ninth Ward
Nov. 13 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. The Bear's Place
Nov. 14 - New York City, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
Nov. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy Philly
Nov. 16 - Washington, D.C. - Rock and Roll Hotel
Nov. 18 - Knoxville, TN - Barley's Taproom
Nov. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Nov. 20 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
Nov. 21 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz
Nov. 22 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Nov. 23 - Austin, TX - Stubbs


(update message from john)

I would like to congragulate Blake Johnson and all the musicians contributed for putting together the Elliott Smith tribute at the Opolis and raising $500 for the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund Free Arts for Abused Children. It was a special night that I won't soon forget.

I will be recording a 4-track tape cover of Elliott Smith's "Happiness" for Blake and for the bandcamp. Look for it within the next couple weeks.

That's all for now, folks. Thanks a million.

Oct 7, 2013

Frank and Lola's performance announced, project news, and new backing dates!

Frank and Lola's performance announced, project news, and new backing dates!

Hello, folks of the world. Here is another friendly update!

John will be performing at Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville, OK on Saturday, October 12 with a trio comprised of guitarist Kyle Reid and fiddler Jon Knudson (Damn Quails). Guaranteed to be fueled by a majority of new material and John's early songs, the night will be a good time. Doors at 9pm.

News!! If you have been curious as to how you can receive John's past recordings, John himself has began creating one-of-a-kind "Without Wax Demos" with unique album art, home-recorded demos, and handwritten liners. To place an order, contact John via his facebook page or email.


Here are upcoming performances where you can see John:

October 15th, guitar for John Moreland, opening for Jason Isbell at the Opolis, Norman, OK.

October 16th, guitar for Addverse Effects, opening for Mike Dillon at the Deli, Norman, OK

October 17th, guitar/keys for Samantha Crain, Harvest Festival @ Mullbery Mountain, AR

October 18th, Elliott Smith tribute (w/ Ryan Lindsay, Sean Barker, Josh Jones, A.M.P, and more) Opolis, Norman, OK

October 19th, guitar for Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots at the Blue Note, OKC, OK

October 20th, guitar/keys for Samantha Crain, opening for Pokey LaFarge at Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK


More news always on the way. Happy trails, folks!