Dec 10, 2018

End of the 2018, with Vice Versa Suite re-issued and a new LP recorded for the coming year.

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 4, 2016

Far Cries and Close Calls available for purchase, plus new press and upcoming Colorado run!

Far Cries and Close Calls is available for purchase at all your local Oklahoma record stores! Check out to order digital and physical CDs, plus the vinyl pre-order is still going. Grab your copy today!

Vesa at had splendid words concerning this collection of songs, saying:

 "a very impressive collection of songs and his best album so far... John has found his own voice...unique combination of folk, americana, rock’n’roll and indie pop. I hope this one will get the recognition it deserves. In my books, Far Cries and Close Calls is one of 2016’s finest."

A music video for the song "Way Out" is finished and will be released in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes and ears at full attention!

Before John heads out on his 30+ day tour across America in support of the album, he will be making a run to the mountains of Colorado for a select set of theatre and brewery dates:

10/6 - Ft. Collins, CO - Swing Station (w/Ben Ballinger)
10/7 - Dolores, CO - Dolores River Brewery
10/8 - Ridgway, CO - Sherbino Theatre (w/ Foxfeather)
10/9 - Divide, CO - Paradox Brewing Company


more news coming soon!

-john and family

Sep 23, 2016

Bucket Full of Nails premiere, Tulsa Voice review, and the day of the release (vinyl pre-order continues!)

Hello, everyone!

Today is release day worldwide, and we are proud that "Far Cries and Close Calls" is available everywhere on all digital platforms, Spotify, iTunes, etc. Listen loud and share it with a friend.

Go to to order the physical record and pre-order the vinyl now to receive one of the 100 limited edition denim blue vinyl (with full lyric insert and album art) available.

We are pleased to announce that Bucket Full of Nails has premiered the record, replete with a great review and streaming playlist with the entirety of the record, "Far Cries and Close Calls". Announcing that "Abney is growing into the poet we all need," check it out now in all of it's well-written form and listen to the song sequence right here.

Tulsa Voice covered the record this week, calling it "an unique work...equal parts dream pop and rock and roll, with layers of lo-fi atmospheric folk...with fanciful, poetic, folkloric writing."

More coming soon, but until then,

john and family.

(photo by Jeremy Charles)

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

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,


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.


Dec 23, 2013

End of 2013: Perform in the Winter, Studio in the Spring!!

Hey, folks! Hope the fall turned out well and that you are staying warm in these freezing rains and banshee winds. Staying busy as always, John has been playing shows backing John Moreland in the Dustbowl Souls in Oklahoma, and also, with the Damn Quails across Texas and Colorado. Along with recording guitars with swing band, Kyle Reid and the Low-Swinging Chariots, and hip-hop group, Addverse Effects, he assisted in the release of Poolboy's 7" "Soda Kids EP" on drums.

With saved time and head to the grindstone, he will be playing a handful of solo shows this winter across Oklahoma to get everyone prepared for his first full-length LP, slated to be out in summer.

You can catch John with his talented band of wild bandits in the new year:

January 9th: The Deli in Norman, OK (w/ Sixty-Nine Dollar Guitar)

January 17th: Tres Cantina in Norman, OK (solo)

January 24th: The Vanguard in Tulsa, OK (w/ ADMIRALS)

January 25th: Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville, OK (full band)

January 26th: Frank and Lola's n Bartlesville, OK (w/ John Fullbright)


John has booked studio time in late April to start work on the LP at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco, CA. The record will be recorded fully analog with engineer Jacob Winik at the console, with the assistance of some of his best friends backing him, including guitarist Kyle Reid. More news about the LP soon!

Until next time, lovely people of the world.

Aug 2, 2013

Upcoming Performances by John Calvin, solo and full-band dates!

Hello folks! Back from the east coast and suiting up for another set of solo performances and full-band dates. Here is the heads-up!

Sunday, Aug 4
The Parish - OKC, OK, Plaza District
3pm, no cover

Tuesday, Aug. 6
8pm, no cover

Friday, Aug. 9
Wormy Dog - OKC, OK
(supporting Will Hoge)
9pm, $8 presale, $10 at door

Saturday, Aug. 10
The Blue Note - OKC, OK
Tyler Hopkins and the Rebellion album release
w/ Ali Harter and the Man Band
9pm, $5

Tuesday, Aug. 20
The Deli - Norman, OK
w/ Mississippi Shakedown
10pm, $5

Friday, Aug. 23
Native Spirits Winery
7pm, no cover

Saturday, Aug. 24 (Two sets!)
Norman Firehouse for the Arts
Midsummer Night's Festival
8pm, no cover
Othello's - Norman, OK
9pm, no cover.

Hope to see you folks out!

-john and family

Jul 9, 2013

Summer Touring with Samantha Crain and Poolboy, John's new garage project.

This summer, John Calvin playing keys and strings in Samantha Crain's band up the east coast. Here are her dates and where you can find us:

7/12 Okemah, OK Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
7/13 Springfield, MO Lindberg's
7/16 Bloomington, IN The Bishop Bar
7/17 Columbus, OH Natalie's
7/18 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
7/19 Philadelphia, PA The Fire
7/20 Northampton, MA Iron Horse (with Bombadil)
7/21 Cambridge, MA T.T. The Bear's Place (with Bombadil)
7/22 Providence, RI Fete Lounge (with Bombadil)
7/23 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (with Bombadil)
7/24 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
7/25 Washington D.C., DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
7/27 Buchanan, MI Last Saturdays on the Common

Besides singing his own songs on the road, backing other singer/songwriters, and playing in local Norman hip-hop group Addverse Effects, John has formed a garage band named Poolboy with Early Beat frontmen Michael Loveland and Sean Barker. Having finished a 7'' at Blackwatch Studios slated for a late summer release and a music video by the wonderful Nathan Poppe, Poolboy will be blaring in the streets near you soon.

Happy summer, folks.

May 24, 2013

Paseo Arts Festival and getting past the devastation in Moore.

John will be performing with Camille Harp at the Paseo Arts Festival at 5pm on Saturday, May 25. In addition to his old songs, John will be performing new tunes that are aiming to be recorded this summer. The festival is free.

The EF-5 tornado that hit Moore but a few days ago was massive, heart-rending event for the State of Oklahoma. Many people lost their homes, loved ones, and their routine lives. In order to help raise relief for such a saddening disaster, many of us Okie musicians are getting together to perform for the cause on Wednesday at the Bricktown Event Center. Tickets are available now and are $25.

(update: Wanda Jackson has confirmed for Music for Moore also!!)