Jan 22, 2020
Greetings from a cold corridor in Ames, Iowa.
I wanted to drop by with some good news. First of all, the first vinyl pressing of Safe Passage (500) is nearly sold out in the first four months of it’s release. Thank you to everyone who purchased the physical medium and spun it at home, work, and spaces of joy, both shared and personal. In the light of this, Black Mesa Records has decided to re-press my long since out-of-print 2016 album “Far Cries and Close Calls” (originally on Horton Records), along with 2018’s “Coyote”, which also sold out last year.
Both albums will come pressed onto black vinyl, with a limited color edition for each work to signify their second life. Starting immediately, you can pre-order these new pressings on my own Bandcamp, along with our respective websites. Thank you again for listening and may warmth surround you and yours in these winter months.
Oct 16, 2019
Safe Passage has had a splendid run flying around the airwaves and wifi signals the past month and John is readying himself for a massive tour in support of the new album. Here is what folks are saying about the collection of tunes:
"Melodic, ethereal...lush." - Billboard
"His greatest asset is his ability to surrender to the song. Gentle, contemplative compositions" - No Depression
"Safe Passage will carry you to straight to country/folk bliss." - Paste
"...woozily lush arrangements and classic pop turns...feels like a farewell to a longtime friend, with its nostalgic haze and warm, bittersweet bite" - Rolling Stone Country
Released on all platforms, but also cast in vinyl and compact disc, Safe Passage is available from John's merch table across the United States this autumn and winter. For those who can't make the shows, you can give John a swift follow on Spotify or your favorite streaming machines. Furthermore, high quality file formats of John's entire discography is available at his Bandcamp link.
Here is a link for John's partial discography on Spotify:
John Calvin Abney's Artist Spotify
Here is a link for John's full discography on Bandcamp:
John Calvin Abney's Artist Bandcamp
In addition to the album and other tour merchandise, a SNES and Earthbound inspired, limited edition of 50 18x24 prints designed by May Yang at Flash Flood Print will be available at the upcoming shows.
See you out there on the road. (A couple dates subject to change, couple dates to be added. thank you -mgmt)
10/12 - Council Grove, KS - Glass House
10/18 - Tulsa, OK - Mercury Lounge
10/19 - OKC, OK - Speakeasy
10/20 - Bentonville, AR - Meteor Guitar Gallery
10/21 - Springfield, MO - City Music
10/22 - Urbana, IL - Rosebowl Tavern
10/23 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom
10/24 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads (gospel lounge)
10/25 - St. Louis, MO - I Went To A Show House Show
10/26 - Nashville, TN - Magnetic Sound Studio house show
10/27 - Sheffield, AL - Do Right Man Barbershop
10/28 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Brewing
10/29 - Hattiesburg, MS - The Thirsty Hippo
10/30 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern
11/1 - Austin, TX - Stay Gold
11/2 - Norman, OK - House Show
11/3 - Dallas, TX - Twangville Sunday Social
11/4 - Amarillo, TX - Golden Light
11/6 - Ft. Collins, CO - Surfside 7
11/7 - Salt Lake City, UT - Cold Pale Horse studio show
11/8 - Butte, MT - Cavalier Lounge
11/9 - Missoula, MT - Ear Candy Music
11/11 - Spokane, WA - Baby Bar
11/12 - Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific
11/13 - Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne Pub
11/14 - Bremerton, WA - Manette Saloon
11/15 - Portland, OR - House Show
11/16 - TBA
11/17 - Medford, OR - Sparks House Concerts
11/19 - Sacramento, CA - Stone Music Boutique
11/20 - Chico, CA - Tender Loving Coffee
11/21 - Reno, NV - 7th Street Station
11/22 - Petaluma, CA - Sunny Hill House Show
11/23 - San Francisco, CA - El Rio
11/24 - Boulder Creek, CA - Lille Aeske
11/25 - San Luis Obispo, CA - TBA
11/26 - Bakersfield, CA - TBA
11/27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Love Song
11/29 - Joshua Tree, CA - Furstworld
11/30 - Ojai, CA - Greater Goods
12/1 - SLO, CA - Satellite of Love
12/3 - Flagstaff, AZ - Flagstaff Brewing
12/4 - Albuquerque, NM - Tractor in Nob Hill
12/5 - Norman, OK - CMGT at the Deli
12/6 - Little Rock, AR - Holiday Hangout at White Water Tavern
12/13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Door
12/14 - Tulsa, OK - The Colony
Thanks a million for your continued support.
-john and family
(photo by mark cluney)
Aug 8, 2019
My new full-length album, “Safe Passage”, is slated for release on September 27, via Black Mesa Records. These are the most hopeful songs I’ve written yet, and I hope they bring a kind of comfort to anyone moving down their path towards truth and happiness and safety for themselves and those they hold dear.
The recordings feature some stellar souls and special moments that we all captured to tape in the winter of 2018 down in Austin, Texas.
The first single was announced by Wide Open Country, calling the song "hopeful...spirited" and you can listen right here: https://www.wideopencountry.com/john-calvin-abney-turn-again-safe-passage/
"Ten new songs by a master of folk-country" - Americana UK
"This first single [Turn Again] is lights out" - Hear Ya
As of right now, you can pre-order the 180g audiophile black vinyl along with the CD here at: https://blackmesarecords.com/…/safe-passage-12lp-black-vinyl
Take care and safe passage to you and yours.
Mar 18, 2019
John has been quite busy (as always) in the studio and on the highways. Recently, he has been taking the helm as producer and co-arranger for new albums coming from St. Louis alt-country songwriter Beth Bombara and Austin-via-Athens roots rocker Drew Carman, while continuing to work on his own follow-up to 2018's dream folk album Coyote. Additionally, he is assisting friend, collaborator, and super-songwriter John Moreland with his new collection of songs being tracked at the grand Echo Lab in Denton, TX.
After pulling together a group of stellar players from the western side of Oklahoma, JCA and the boys supported St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the legendary Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK, to nearly 1500 people, playing through songs from Far Cries and Close Calls, Coyote, and brand new tunes slated for the upcoming album. An amazing opportunity and wonderful crowd, thank you for showing up early for the home-town folks.
The end of March will be leading John to Nashville as he records a pair of songs co-written with fiddle player, arranger, and singer-songwriter Megan Palmer (also featured on many of John's recordings) at Magnetic Audio on the eastern side. These songs will be featured on a 7" vinyl in the near future.
Coming this May, John will be temporarily joining Lee Bains and the Glory Fires on lead guitar for their European tour:
May 5 - Hertogenbosch, NL
May 6 - Zwolle, NL
May 7 - Amsterdam, NL
May 8 - Den Haag, NL
May 9 - Hengelo, NL
May 10 - Arnhem, NL
May 11 - Groningen, NL
May 12 - Paris, FR
May 14 - Angoulême, FR
May 15 - Madrid, Spain
May 16 - Zaragoza, Spain
May 17 - Avilés, Spain
May 18 - Liérganes, Spain
May 19 - Donostia, Spain
Check out the Glory Fires website for ticket info.
For more information, always keep up to date with where John is going to be in his travels via the tour link (up top) or any of his social media (to the right.) Help John in his travels by purchasing his albums and songs at johncalvinabney.bandcamp.com or physically at blackmesarecords.com.
Keep moving forward, stay in the light, give love freely, and always remember that what we see as a storm may be soft rain after all. kind days are coming.
(photo by mary gilliam)
Dec 10, 2018
The full-length album Coyote was released 9 months ago this coming week, and as an end of year bonus, Black Mesa Records has re-released one of my first EPs on this beautiful blue splatter 10" vinyl, mastered to 45rpm. Along with the vinyl, we've made CDs and hand-printed a new t-shirt design thanks to Cole Roberts. Head on over to the label site and get some gifts before year end.
I had a spectacular experience returning to the mountains, pacific northwest coast, the southwestern deserts, and the places that hold so much meaning and mystery still that lie between the cities we live in. Boundless gratitude to every single person who came out to the shows, bought records, and sang along, and thank you to M. Lockwood Porter for being my companion on the highways.
As the tour came to an end and culminated in a trip to Little Rock to perform at Holiday Hangout with extended family and loved ones, I retreated back down to Austin, TX and began work on a new album. Assisted by Shonna Tucker, Will Johnson, John Moreland, and Megan Palmer, I am near speechless with the work we turned around and the magic that was created in the realm of Ramble Creek Studio with Britton Beisenherz at the helm. More news coming soon, but let this be known: music will not and can not pass away, and there is a lot of love printed to tape coming to your ears as soon as possible.
After a suspiciously long year and tens of thousands of miles traveled once again, I know many of us are tired, confused, exhausted, and ready for the tides of change to roll in with the winter winds. Hold fast and tight to the good, stay soft while maintaining your strength, and choose to move forward if you can will it to be.
all the love in the world for you to reach out and hold,
john calvin and family
Oct 10, 2018
Hey, West Coast friends. I am howling through the mountains and the deserts with long-time pal M. Lockwood Porter the entire month of November. I’ll have Coyote and some other special records in tow with me, and I'll be performing brand new songs from a yet-to-be-recorded solo LP.
Additionally, I'll be opening up for ever-rocksteady John Moreland in the southern US at the end of October!
Thurs, 10/25 - Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern (w/ John Moreland)
Fri, 10/26 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo (w/ John Moreland)
Sun, 10/28 - Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall (w/ John Moreland)
Fri, 11/2 - Denver, CO @ Skylark Lounge w/ Erika Ryann
Sat, 11/3 - Ogden, UT @ Songwriters' Circle
Sun, 11/4 - Missoula, MT @ Bad Goat Forest Product
Wed, 11/7 - Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel
Thurs, 11/8 - Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel
Fri, 11/9 - Portland, OR @ Alberta Street Pub
Sat, 11/10 - Seattle, WA @ Conor Byrne Pub w/ The Crying Shame
Sun, 11/11 - Medford, OR @ Sparks House Concerts
Wed, 11/14 - Reno, NV @ 7th Street Station
Thurs, 11/15 - Sacramento, CA @ The Press Club
Fri, 11/16 - Petaluma, CA @ Sunny Hill House Shows
Sat, 11/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia w/ Chelsea Coleman
Sun 11/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frog and Peach Pub
Mon, 11/19 - Bakersfield, CA @ El Conquistador House Concerts
Wed, 11/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Love Song w/ Alicia Blue
Fri, 11/23 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff Brewing Company
Sat, 11/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tractor Brewing Company
Sun, 11/25 - Santa Fe, NM @ Cowgirl BBQ
Wed, 11/28 - Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe w/ Ben Ballinger
Sat, 12/1 - Holiday Hangout at Whitewater Tavern
Keep updated here and on the social media maelstrom. For house show information, feel free to contact the booking email or search on the ol' internet machine. Take care of each other and do right.
love from john and family
photo by jeremy charles
Sep 24, 2018
For the first release of the Clerestory split 7” series, Samantha Crain recorded a stunning version of the traditional song “Wild Mountain Thyme”, and John Calvin Abney covered the John Hartford classic “First Girl I Loved”. Both songs were collaborative, with John adding guitar and other instrumentation to Samantha’s track, and Samantha providing background vocals for John’s track. Recorded in Oklahoma City at Stowaway Recording, the songs came together easily and calmly in the springtime of 2018. You can preorder the limited (300 exist only!) seafoam green 7" vinyl HERE from Clerestory AV's website.
John has a whole set of shows coming up in the month of October including:
October 12-13: Tahlequah, OK - Illinois River Jam (with Travis Linville, Samantha Crain, The Creek Rocks, Owen Temple, Courtney Patton, and many more)
October 16: Norman, OK - The Chouse (7" release with Samantha Crain)
October 25: Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern (opening for John Moreland)
October 26: Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo (opening for John Moreland)
October 28: Jackson, MS - Duling Hall (opening for John Moreland)
Besides touring with John Moreland, JCA has also begun writing the finishing touches for his next full length record, which he will be recording in December as the winter falls. Stay tuned here for more updates and always take care of you and yours in this wild world.
all our best to you.
team jca, james and family.
Jul 23, 2018
John will be heading overseas again this coming month to support John Moreland, opening and accompanying:
7/31 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe (JCA opening for John Moreland)
8/2 - Glasgow, UK - Kelvingrove Amphitheatre (guitar for Moreland)
8/3 - Birmingham, UK - Town Hall (guitar for Moreland)
8/4 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival (guitar for John Moreland)
8/5 - Bristol, UK - St. George's Church - (JCA opening for John Moreland)
Look forward to two new releases from John as summer melts into autumn. More news coming always.
-love, the team
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