Jan 29, 2015

BETTER LUCK IS OUT NOW!



(photo by Erin Margaret Rambo)

The full-length record Better Luck is available now on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and your local Oklahoma record stores!

Bucket Full of Nails reviewed the record, calling it a "crackerjack debut".
http://bucketfullofnails.com/2015/01/26/review-john-calvin-abney-better-luck/

In case you missed it, No Depression gave Better Luck a phenomenal review also!
http://nodepression.com/album-review/john-calvin-abney-better-luck

still out on the road with M. Lockwood Porter! Come catch us in the deep southern United States of America.

far out,
john calvin abney

Jan 13, 2015

More Dates Announced for Upcoming Winter Tour!

More Dates Announced for Upcoming Winter Tour!

I had a great time playing the Damn Quails in Texas and Colorado this last week, and I am amped to be heading out with M. Lockwood Porter this week into the midwest and southern US! The poster shows all of our updated shows and where we are going to be and when. musician/artist (pax) Shannon Helton at Shannie's Art designed the poster, go check out her work.

In other news, Nathan Poppe of the Oklahoman/NewsOK and Middle of Nowhere blog just featured "Sirens", a new song from the upcoming LP, "Better Luck"!! Check it out here: Middle of Nowhere.

see you on the road soon.

-love,

jca and family

Dec 26, 2014

No Depression and Sad Songs to Keep the Devil Away reviewed "Better Luck!"

No Depression and Sad Songs to Keep the Devil Away reviewed "Better Luck!"

(photo by Erin Rambo.)

No Depression and SSKTDA called Better Luck a "a solid freshman effort and your first “must-have” of 2015." Check out the review here.

http://nodepression.com/album-review/john-calvin-abney-better-luck

Tour starts in January, if we're coming through your town, come listen to some songs.

-john

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.

thanks again for all you do to keep this train moving.

(john and family)