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

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)

I have included links for the Illinois River Jam here, and tickets to the 7" split release show with Samantha Crain right here.


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.

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

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