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)