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Salutations, folks.

Hope all has been well in your worlds and the worlds around you. I have been running around at 100 mph in order to get every thing done and ready and to raise the necessary resources to get on the road with a pressed album in tow. Thanks to all you guys and gals who have been making it out to the performances lately in wake of the blistering heat and sweltering drought Oklahoma has been going through. Summer Breeze was unreal and Camille and I had a blast and all the other shows in between have been a complete joy. Don't think we are stopping anytime soon, we've got a lifetime's worth of love and energy to give you before we're done. We are still stomping around Norman, OKC, and the surrounding areas quite often and with much force.

A few weeks ago, the band and I went into Breathing Rhythm to record two songs in a joint project between Steve Boaz, the head engineer, and Mockingbird Media to produce the o2 sessions, special arrangements of songs performed on sound and film. Here is a picture of us getting ready to give it hell, or something like that. We performed two songs from "Without Wax": "Parliaments and Coffee" and "Before I Depart." These are new fresh takes on the songs, even though the album isn't out yet, but we got antsy and did it anyway. C'est la vie.

The Giving Tree Band is a wonderful group of kind folks who inhabit the land between the city and the sticks, west of Chicago, IL. Performing with these guys in Norman and Stillwater was a gift; if they are in your area, go check them out. They produce a joyous sound, guaranteed, and they are damn near always on tour which is good for the rest of us!

The prince known as Jordan Herrera, aka Young Readers, has been assisting me in booking our southwest tour while pushing ahead on his own tour into the northeast. We will be touring most of October in support of the new album, "Without Wax," and will be heading through Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona to spread the news and the sounds.

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked, here comes John Calvin and Young Readers, Fall Tour 2012.

Also, in other news, Camille Harp and I finished recording our split 7'' at Hook Echo Sound last week and it sounds BIG. Another little bit of light to look forward to.

all of my love,

john calvin and family.

Howdy, folks.

This has been a long week of moving and shaking, performing and recording, running and crawling, and talking and yelling, but thank goodness, it has come to an end. 

The band and I just got done performing a live set in Breathing Rhythm Studios, thanks to the artful film work of the guys from Mockingbird Media and studio owner Steve Boaz. These performances included special arrangements of "Parliaments" and "Before I Depart," featuring Justin Bloss, Kyle Reid, and Giovanni Carnuccio. These will be available online as the album is being released and supported.

This Sunday, Camille Harp and I will be performing at Summer Breeze concert series in Lions Park, Norman, OK, at 7:30pm. This concert is doubling as Camille's album release for "Little Bit of Light," an album which has wonderful songs, great arrangement, and her ever-so-sweet trademark vocals. Check out the press we've gotten for this one: LOOK AT OKC Article on John Calvin and Camille Harp

Also, Norman Performing Arts Council had this to say:

"Camille Harp and John Calvin are already performing veterans and musically mature beyond their years....She can offer a rock and roll honky-tonk tune one moment and a heartfelt love song the next, all delivered in a gorgeous soulful voice...John Calvin's talent shines across a broad range of styles, from folk melodies with harmonica and acoustic guitar to rollicking country-rock guitar leads to jazz standards and the blues. Together, Harp and Calvin weave their distinctive voices and songwriting styles into a rich blend of sound and spirit that speaks to everyone. They are local favorites at The Deli, both separately and together, and they rocked the stage at this year’s Norman Music Festival. They captivate audiences with their energy, expressive lyrics, and eclectic musical style."

More and more news on the horizon. Getting ready to get the album pressed and planning a release tour with a new friend from Oklahoma City with a down-home sound and a lot to say.

Hear from you soon,

John Calvin

Greetings, everybody.

I am in the grueling process of living out of one's car during the summer, about to move into a new apartment. Internet must be siphoned from cafes and random wi-fi hotspots around town. Went to Cushing, OK last night and spent a good part of the PM/AM at the Tuesday Night Music Club with Parker Millsap and Michael Rose. Thanks again for having us out, it's a one of a kind joint you've got out there.

Here is an update for this weekend:

Thursday, 7-9pm at the Deli, happy hour show with our wonderful random guests.

Friday, 10-1am at the Blue Note in OKC with Aaron Newman and Dustin Prinz, here is a link to the Facebook event.

Saturday, 9pm, Othello's in Norman, outside.

Come catch us a time this weekend and we'll be happy to sit down and shoot the breeze for a spell.


Now, about this album that is supposed to be coming out pretty soon, I am going to make an online release in the next month. "Without Wax" is completely finished and the master is home in Oklahoma. On an unrelated note, I am going into Hook Echo studios with Chris Harris at the end of the month to start work on a few new tunes.

Lots of tasty news coming soon.

Until next time,


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