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)
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
May 18, 2018
Today, on May 18th, 2018, Coyote is put forth into the world for your ears and hearts. Available digitally on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Bandcamp, and wherever you stream or download, and available physically at Black Mesa Records on vinyl and CD.
John was also featured this week in Rolling Stone's Artists You Need to Know, refering to John's songs as "Dreamy folk with a good balance of sadness and sunshine."
Thank you all for the continued support and for giving it hell every day and rolling with the punches.
-john, kris, and family
(photo top: Jess Luther, photo bottom: Rambo)
Apr 28, 2018
We've been getting some great press from Coyote. Here's what some folks have had to say:
"Abney’s brand of Americana isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, Abney's delievers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change, Ryan Adams‘ 29 and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or." - Wide Open Country
"Equal parts Elliott Smith and William Elliot Whitmore." - mxdwn
"Lush...dreamy." - The Boot
"Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism." - Glide Magazine
"9 out of 10...Abney is like a modern day Romantic poet, Wordsworth perhaps, (or Lord Byron – mad, bad and dangerous to know?) ... one of Oklahoma's finest comes up with the goods!" - Americana UK
The pre-order is almost over for Coyote. After May 10, orders will ship out as normal orders, after the May 18/19 release shows. There will be very limited quantities of pink vinyl at both of these shows, so if you're lucky enough to be in Tulsa at the Mercury Lounge on May 18, or The Blue Door in Oklahoma City on May 19, find the merch table fast, as we're sure these will go quickly. Pre-order at Black Mesa Records.
Peace and Love,
Apr 4, 2018
"Abney’s brand of Americana isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, Abney's delievers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change, Ryan Adams‘ 29 and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or...a blend of earnest balladry with an angelic and pensive soundscape that leans and sways with a comfortable ease"
-Wide Open Country (premiere of "Always Enough")
"Lush harmonies are layered over a dreamy groove..."
-The Boot (premiere of Get Your House In Order)
"Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism...slowburning tune feels reflective and hopeful...a rich sound perfectly suited to hit power pop vocals"
- Glide Magazine (premiere of Every Now and Then)
Pre-order Coyote now on CD and limited carnation pink vinyl at Black Mesa Records website before it is released on May 18th.
Thanks a million for your ears and hearts. Look out of one another out there.
love, john and family.
(photo by Dylan Johnson)
Feb 27, 2018
After months of preparation, we're happy to announce the next John Calvin Abney full length LP Coyote!
Here's what Glide Magazine had to say when premiering the track "Every Now And Then:"
The slowburning tune feels reflective and hopeful both in its lyrics and musical composition.
True to the story of how the record got made, Abney’s voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism.
The album, available on 180 Gram vinyl in limited quantities in both Baby Pink and standard Black, as well as CD, are available for pre-order (shipping early May) at Black Mesa Records.
Peace and Love,
Photo: Dylan Johnson
Dec 14, 2017
(photos by Chad Cochran)
This year has been one of the strangest, most grueling, and trying years of this planet. After performing over 125+ shows accompanying John Moreland, 70+ of personal tour dates, and traveling close to 70,000 miles over the past 365 days, I had a lot of stories, a lot of fears, a lot of love, and a lot of questions about why the world was being spread thin, why the folks running the show were letting greed and bigotry into the ranks of government, and if home would still be there when I got home.
The music was always there, and the teams I've worked with have been steadfast and true and unerring in their paths, and for that, I am lucky and thankful. From performing alongside John Prine and playing guitar on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium to the full US tour supporting Iron and Wine and backing John Moreland behind the piano on the Jools Holland show on the BBC, working with Moreland's team has been a dream among dreams. In the new year, the duo is becoming a full band beginning in February!
Amongst all of the good times and hard work, I found some answers and wrote and created a record containing songs that I hold very dear to my heart. Recording in full at Fellowship Hall once again in Little Rock, I had the opportunity to work with Paddy Ryan on drums, Shonna Tucker on bass and vocals, and Megan Palmer on violin, keys, and vocals. This full length record is mixed, mastered, and slated for a late spring release, more information coming shortly. We created some magic and can't wait to share with you finally in 2018.
Tim Easton and I recorded a 7" split of traveling songs that is coming out at the end of February. My track, "Full of Farewells", is on side B, and I recorded it to tape at my house in Oklahoma. Tim also recorded his song analog and at home in Nashville, TN. We hope you'll enjoy our tunes and check out the grand folks who run Different Folk records out of Sioux Falls, SD, who continue to put out excellent artists and songs.
take care and happy new year.
-john and family.