(photo by Erin Rambo)

After a long tour and journey, John has returned from Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA with the new LP recorded and mixed, with John Moreland, Kyle Reid, Peter Labberton, and Jacob Winik all contributing to it's creation."Better Luck" is 11 original songs put straight to tape in 6 days and to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital. The album is currently in the mastering stages and is slated for a late fall release and tour.

Immense thanks to all the kind folks and listening ears that helped the music down the road on this last tour. From the Canyonlands to the Pacific, from the plains to the mountains, there are good people all about.

If you're ever in the area of the Mission in San Francisco, go check out Paulcity Goods. Paul is an amazing leather worker and kindly fixed the straps on my guitar case and made me a belt to keep these pants from falling off. Order at www.paulcity.com and check out the awesome stuff he crafts.


John has a few special shows coming up including a songswap with John Moreland and Wink Burcham at Bartlesville's Frank and Lola's:

John has a couple duo shows with Ali Harter coming up also, both at Norman's Deli:

Friday, May 30th - John Calvin and Ali Harter Tuesday, June 17th - Ali Harter duo with Carolina Story


Furthermore, John Calvin will also be accompanying Samantha Crain for a small set of shows:

June 5 - Fassler Hall, Tulsa, OK June 6 - Magnolia Motor Lounge - Fort Worth, TX June 7 - The Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK


One of John's close friends and bandmates, Michael Loveland, was diagnosed with cancer last month, and Norman musicians are coming together to raise some money to offset medical bills and other costs. Come support an amazing person and a stellar songwriter.


john and family

Good news everybody!

Here is a video John did with Brady Smith (Walrus Audio) and Seth McCarroll for their series, Coffee and Riffs. Thanks to the guys and girls who were all there helping out. Mr. Black Supermoon is one of the coolest pedals in the chain, check out Walrus Audio pedals and Mr. Black pedals, you won't be disappointed.

As the previous post announced, John is recording his debut full-length record at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco with John Moreland co-producing with Jacob Winik engineering at the end of the month.Being quite a trek from Oklahoma to California, he is back at it again and will be coming through your town this April/May:


April 21: The 806, Amarillo, TX April 23: Flagstaff Brewing Co, Flagstaff, AZ April 24: Tempe Tavern, Tempe, AZ April 26: House Show, San Francisco, CA April 27: Milkbar, San Francisco, CA April 28-May 7: Tiny Telephones sessions

May 10: Dolores Brewing Company, Dolores, CO May 11: DSP Pizza, Pagosa Springs, CO May 12: Taos Mesa Brewing Company, Taos, NM May 13: Adobe Inn/Bar, Taos, NM May 14: Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM May 17: Schwarzstock Music Festival, El Reno, OK


All the love from the family and folks,

john and friends

UPDATE: Hey folks. Full-band, telecaster rock-and-roll trio show at the OPOLIS in Norman this Friday, opening up for the Pennsylvania folk-rock band, the Districts. Check their music out on youtube, their song Funeral Beds is pretty sweet.


Winter was a wild cycle of work and weather conditions that didn't always play nice together, but we made it. It's been a gradual warmth leaning towards the spring months. Lots has been going on, so let me fill you in while I piece the fragments together:

SXSW never fails to be an absolute whirlwind of bands and food trucks for me. 6th street becomes inundated with hip folks and street performers alike while (nearly) every club had something to offer for your ear. I traveled down to Austin playing Wurlitzer and guitar for the Damn Quails again and each show went super, especially our show at the Saxon Pub. Their new line-up has stepped up and made the band even more accessible and enjoyable across genres (still rock and roll as ever, though!) All and all, the tour was excellent. Thanks to everyone who came out and yelled with us.

Although, while I was experiencing the heightened senses and super-stimulation, there was a terrible accident and many people were hurt down on 10th and Red River because of a drunk driver, a stolen car, and a disregard for safety and life. My heart goes out to anyone who was affected and I hope those taken find peace.

On the lighter note, I heard some wonderful singer-songwriters down south, including Chris Porter and Bonnie Whitmore. Having some drinks with my friend John, I walked into the Big Bang (a pub located right in the eye of storm of 6th) and had a chance to hear these folks. Chris sings a hell of a song and Bonnie plays a mean bass guitar. Check them out if you get a chance. Will Johnson of Centromatic produced Chris' new record, and hot damn, it's a winner.


Thank you to Fowler Volkswagon  and the national team for using "What Do You Think" on their new commercial, featuring puppet work by Shanna Paddock and design by David Bizarro! The commercial premiered during last week's The Walking Dead on AMC. It's adorable and fun and I was glad the creative team decided to use one of my songs. Stay tuned for it, it's still running!

Samantha Crain and I performed at Sheri's Living Room for a full audience in special house concert recently and it went exceptionally well. The crowd was attentive, the room was special in many ways, and we had Doug Schwarz taking photography. Here is a capture from the evening!


The days grow closer to departure day to record my first full-length record at Tiny Telephones in San Francisco. With mad-scientist Jacob Winik engineering at the helm and Oklahoma powerhouse John Moreland producing, these songs will be able to breathe in brand new ways I can't even imagine. I am excited as can be and without many more words.

Tour dates will be posted soon.

Thanks for all the good will and your attention span to read this.

regards (or more appropriately, cheers,)

john calvin