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 The ancient, outdated flag of the failed Confederacy still flies in South Carolina amongst other places.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.



Jan 29, 2015


(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".

In case you missed it, No Depression gave Better Luck a phenomenal review also!

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.


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.

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


Dec 21, 2014



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


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.


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)


more dates to announced soon!

thanks for listening.

john and family.