Jan 28, 2016

As winter disappears and the year rolls on. Sessions and shows abound.

As winter disappears and the year rolls on. Sessions and shows abound.

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.

Dec 5, 2015

Vice Versa Suite" EP available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, etc!

Vice Versa Suite" EP available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, etc!

Happy Saturday, everyone.

Vice Versa Suite is available now online via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, etc. and through a short run of limited edition cassette tapes via Tape Gun Records in Norman, OK.

All proceeds from this EP sale will be going towards the production of my next full-length record, which is being recorded in the new year with a slew of excellent musicians and hard-working folks. 

stay tuned for more news concerning music and tour.

thank you dearly for listening.

listen to the new EP in it's entirety here:

Nov 12, 2015

"Daisy and Clover", from the upcoming EP, "Vice Versa Suite", due out December 5th

"Daisy and Clover", from the upcoming EP, "Vice Versa Suite", due out December 5th

Good evening from Gent, Belgium, ladies and gentleman of the world.

Here is a new track from the upcoming EP, "Vice Versa Suite".


On December 5th, the album will be released digitally with a small run of tape cassettes made possible by Tape Gun Records.

all tracks will be available for download on release date. thank you for listening.

-love, john

Oct 22, 2015

John Calvin Abney's Daytrotter session is featured today!

John Calvin Abney's Daytrotter session is featured today!

Thanks to Sean and Mike at Daytrotter for making John's last session featured on the front page. He had the grand opportunity to record unreleased songs at the old studio before the operations moved to their new compound. Jams at www.daytrotter.com. 

(Painting by Johnnie Cluney)

Come listen to these acoustic versions of songs that will be tracked for the next full-length record.

Sep 14, 2015



Hello, friends and internet surfers.

I have a ton of news to share with you concerning shows. Americana singer-songwriter Levi Parham and I are going on a tour through the south, southeast, and midwest US in the approaching weeks. Tell your friends and family, we are coming to town:

Sept. 17 - Norman, OK - Scratch
Sept. 18/19 - Tahlequah, OK - Illinois River Jam
Sept. 22 - Wichita, KS - Kirby's Beer Store
Sept. 23 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room (with Victor and Penny, Nicholas St. James)
Sept. 24 - St. Joseph, MO - Magoon's
Sept. 25 - Columbia, MO - The Bridge
Sept. 26 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Sept. 27 - Chicago, IL - Goorin Bros Hat Shop (early show) 
Sept. 27 - Chicago, IL - Uncommon Ground
Sept. 28 - Rock Island, IL - Daytrotter Presents Moeller Mondays @ Rozz Tox
Sept. 29 - St. Louis, MO - Foam
Sept. 30 - Nashville, TN - The 5Spot (with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Nellie Clay)
Oct. 1 - Nashville, TN - The 5Spot (Campfire Propaganda)
Oct. 2 - Nashville, TN - House Show (with Nellie Clay)
Oct. 3 - Knoxville, TN - KDVX Blue Plate Special (early show)
Oct. 3 - Knoxville, TN - House Show
Oct. 4 - Nashville, TN - TBA
Oct. 5 - Florence, AL - Swamp Bar
Oct. 7 - Tupelo, MS - Blue Canoe
Oct. 8 - Mobile, AL - Callaghan's
Oct. 9 - Lake Charles, LA - House Show
Oct. 10 - Austin, TX - 2211 Bar
Oct. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Door


On my last tour, I had the opportunity to work with Jacob Winik again in Tiny Telephone studio B for a single night. In that night, I recorded a suite of songs and melodies named Vice Versa Suite. The short album, which will be released on December 1st on CD/Digital, will be released in Tulsa, OK and Norman, OK that same weekend. Keep your eyes to the sky for these all acoustic songs.


I will be accompanying Samantha Crain on guitar for her upcoming fall European tour. Check out full details and get tickets at www.samanthacrain.com:

11/8 Dublin, DUB Workman's Club
11/10 London, LND The Forge
11/13 The Hague, ZH Crossing Border Festival
11/15 Copenhagen, No State Huset
11/16 Berlin, Ber Berghain Panoramabar
11/17 Antwerp, No State Autumn Falls @Trix
11/18 Paris, IDF Espace B
11/19 Koln, NRW King Georg Klubbar
11/20 Schnorndorf, B-W Club Manufaktur
11/21 Zurich, ZH El Lokal
11/22 Munich, Bay Hauskonzerte


Before I go, I would like to announce that I will be entering the studio on December 6th to begin recording my next full-length record at Breathing Rhythm Studios here in Oklahoma. More news coming soon. All my love,

John Calvin Abney ~ ~ ~

Aug 2, 2015

John Calvin Abney and M. Lockwood Porter coming back to the Southwest US!

John Calvin Abney and M. Lockwood Porter coming back to the Southwest US!

Hello, dear friends and people of the Earth.

More summer tour dates announced for August with the good M. Lockwood Porter and a fall tour planned ahead for September and October. Come see us in or around your town. 

Before tour starts, I will be accompanying the hard-working tunesmith Jeremey Quentin of Small Houses in Tiger, GA, recording his new full-length record with a group of good folks and musicians.

Finally, I am pleased to say that studio time has been booked out in November to record my next full-length record. After months of touring, I am ready to put down the songs and stories I've gathered. More info soon.



Jun 30, 2015

a moment of thought before these July summer updates.

a moment of thought before these July summer updates.

(photo by Shannon Helton)

Greetings, my friends and foes. The midwest tour with Porter was a resounding success and the shows all went off without a hitch. Thanks to everyone in every single town we performed in for all of your love and support. By stitching together these stories we spun, we'll have words to share for years to come.


Alas, on this tour, a devastating event occured at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, when a deranged and hateful young man opened fire on a group of innocent church patrons and staff. Without a shadow of a doubt, this crime was fueled by the terminal, generational disease of racism. The ancient, outdated flag of the failed Confederacy still flies in South Carolina amongst other places. This flag stood beside slavery less than a century and a half ago. I see musicians, artists, athletes, and even politicians who mourn the folks lost in SC that day are also aware of the sick symbolism the flag holds. For those who still fly that flag, take it down for the sake of humanity, for the sake of love, and for the sake of those who were lost on the holy grounds of the Emanuel AME church.


Hold onto your hats and swimsuits, Poolboy is getting back together for a few shows this summer! Come see Poolboy at Norman's one and only Guestroom Records on Friday, July 10, at 7pm. We will be performing alongside fellow garage-rockers The Pizza Thieves.

I am honored to say I'll be performing at Woody Guthrie Folk Festival this year. Each year, the festival is held in Woody's hometown, Okemah, amongst the July heat, the love of folk music, and the historic Dust Bowl lore the city holds. I will be at the Brick Street Tavern, on Saturday, July 11, spinning my own songs and surely some traditionals.


In December of last year, I assissted Samantha Crain in making her new record "Under Branch, Thorn, and Tree" at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco, CA. We worked with excellent folks, including mastermind tape king John Vanderslice and modular orchestra extraordinaires Magik*Magik Orchestra. The record is being released on two dates before Samantha's release tour. Come check out these beautifully written songs at:

July 16 at The OPOLIS, Norman, OK (w/ Tallows)
July 17 at Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa, OK (w/ Desi and Cody)


I will be going on two tours in coming months, one with my dear friend M. Lockwood Porter and the other tour with my charming brother Levi Parham. Will definitely keep you updated here. Take care and be kind.


john calvin abney

May 27, 2015

June Tour Dates with Porter.

June Tour Dates with Porter.

Hey, folks of the midwest and almost-northeast US.

Chris Porter, alt-country singer from Austin, TX, released a killer record called "This Red Mountain" (produced by Centro-Matic's Will Johnson) this spring. In support of both his record and mine, we have plotted a duo tour across some states in order to raise hell, sing songs, and learn some new stories.


6/17/15 : Austin, TX : Strange Brew

6/18/15 : Ft. Worth, TX : Fred's Texas Cafe w/ Daniel Markham

6/19/15 : St. Louis, MO : Off Broadway w/ John Moreland (Tickets)

6/20/15 : Louisville, KY : Shaker Village House Concert

6/21/15 : TBA

6/22/15 : Columbus, OH : Tree Bar

6/23/15 : New York, NY : Rockwood Music Hall (Tickets)

6/24/15 : Baltimore, MD : Club 603 House Concert w/ Caleb Caudle (Tickets)

6/25/15 : Knoxville, TN : Center For Creative Minds

6/26/15 : Nashville, TN : BB King's Blues Club w/ Aaron Lee Tasjan

6/27/15 : Tupelo, MS : Blue Canoe

6/28/15 : OKC, OK : Blue Door (Tickets)

6/30/15 Austin, Texas : The FINAL Last Tuesday Warehouse series w/ Ben Ballinger

(poster by Shannon "Pax" Helton)

More shows coming soon.

-cheers, john

Apr 20, 2015

When a song ends, the stories remain, and memory serves to hold tight the times we share.

When a song ends, the stories remain, and memory serves to hold tight the times we share.

(photo by Erin Margaret Rambo)

Hello, folks, and good afternoon
from Central Standard Time Zone, Oklahoma, USA.

One of Oklahoma's finest publications in history, This Land Press, is launching a stunning quarterly magazaine in lieu of the newsprint edition. The wonderful people at TLP asked me to play songs at their launch party in Oklahoma City on Thursday, April 23 at Full Circle Books. Come celebrate from 7-9pm, I'll be singing at 7:30 after the editor has a Q&A.

Norman Music Festival is this weekend in Norman, Oklahoma, and I will be performing on the Depot Main Stage on Saturday, April 25, 3:30pm. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Steve Pryor, Michael Hosty, and Paper Bird, amongst other bands will be performing on the same stage through out the day. Check out the festival website for additional information. I will be pulling the aces from my sleeves and committing some act of wild magic.

It is festival season indeed, and Oklahoma is hosting more than one in coming months. On May 1st, The Queen of the Prairie Festival is going to be taking place, and I will be accompanying Samantha Crain as a part of her band with a whole set of great musicians. Check it out and grab tickets before they sell out.

I will be making my way to Illinois and the upper midwest to perform with the folk songbird wordcrafter Heather Styka as a duo for a set of house shows, a live in-studio on WDCB, and a couple other performances. We will both be performing our own songs and some pieces we have worked on together. You can get more information on the showdate section of the site, or at Heather Styka's site.

Currently working on an east coast tour and will be posting updates on the endeavors ahead. Until then, everybody, take care and keep moving.

with everything,


Mar 1, 2015

The wind always blows the direction you're supposed to go.

The wind always blows the direction you're supposed to go.

(photograph by Erin Rambo)

Hey folks, back in the saddle and taking a rest after the past few months of adventures. It's good to be back on the plains. My deepest gratitude to do musicians, new friends, venues, and cities that allowed me to be a part of their experience.

April of the blog Common Folk Music and one of the forerunners of the Remembering Jason Molina project allowed me to write some words about JM and how his music affected my life and those of the people around me. I covered one of his earliest songs, "Soul". You can read and listen here. Check out April's blog regardless, she is an avid supporter of songwriters from all over the world. 

Folk Alliance International couldn't have gone better and the Oklahoma Room still remains one of the rowdiest rooms at the conference. Thank you to the Woody Guthrie Center, Brian Horton, Fowler Toyota, The G.L. Kaiser Foundation, and everyone who supported the Oklahoma folk singers who made their way into Kansas City to sing their songs and share their stories. I send my dearest thanks to Laib, Kelley, and everyone from the 5000 House Concert Series in Kansas City, MO for hosting such a wonderful night on the Sunday before FAI, and lastly, the incomparable Heather Styka for her songs, companionship, and kindness through the week.

While I was playing at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island, Illinois, I had the opportunity to record a Daytrotter session, which will be released in coming months. Stay tuned for some wild, new versions of songs off of Empty Candles and Better Luck.

The Norman Transcript posted a splendid review of "Better Luck!" You can read it here. 

I am happy to announce that I was accepted as one of the musicians to perform at Momentum OKC Downtempo on Friday, March 6. Come see some of the best emerging visual artists from around the area and hear some songs.

On Saturday, March 7th, I'll be singing at City Presbyterian for the Midtown Songwriter Showcase with two excellent songwriters, Tim Miser and Kierston White.

I'll be going on a well-needed trip to Maine to be with a dear, lovely person and relax, write, and breathe in the north wind. Then, it's back to the highway. Big things coming, including a new project and subsequent tour. My heart abounds with gratitude and love.