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I was lucky enough to work the entire year of 2022, traveling nearly seventy thousand miles on ground, air, and sea, clutching my lucky totems and carrying my guitar on my back. Played 160 unique shows as a solo artist and backing my friends across North America, 40 states, Australia, and New Zealand while bringing the songs of my album Tourist to metropolises and the small towns between. The experience was priceless, the company I kept matchless, and the sights stunning as ever.

Some of the most meaningful shows I ever performed and witnessed lived within this year.

Reaching your terminal destination after such a long journey should provide you with more words than necessary to paint the places witnessed, speak of the souls crossed, and play back the performances completed, but I am near speechless. Grateful for every single person who made it possible along the way, from bands and venues to old friends and new pals. As I drink coffee in the changing winter winds, I’d like to say:

“Tourist” is in your hands now.

Thank you, I love you, and I can’t wait to see you again.

So many things to come in the new year.


John Calvin Abney's next full-length album drops August 5th via Black Mesa Records, and he has a busy summer and autumn approaching with a full US solo tour on the books. Over 50+ shows planned and more to be announced as the weeks roll on.

8/3 Galveston, TX - Old Quarter

8/5 Austin, TX - Waterloo Records (early in-store)

8/5 Austin, TX - Sagebrush

8/6 Fort Worth, TX - Magnolia Motor Lounge

8/7 Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf

8/9 Bentonville, AR - House Show (tickets here)

8/10 Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom

8/11 St. Louis, MO - Heavy Anchor

8/12 Chicago, IL - Golden Dagger (tickets here)

8/13 Champaign, IL - Bentley’s

8/15 Indianapolis, IN - TBA

8/16 Columbus, OH - TBA

8/18 NYC, NY - Rockwood Music Hall (tickets here)

8/19 NYC, NY - Skinny Dennis

8/20 Baltimore, MD - Club 603 (tickets here)

8/21 Washington DC - House Show

8/22 Greensboro, NC - Little Brother

8/23 Greensville, SC - Radio Room (tickets here)

8/24 Asheville, NC - Divination Tattoo

8/25 Chattanooga, TN - Cherry Street Tavern

8/26 Nashville, TN - Bowery Vault

8/27 Columbia, TN - House Show

8/29 Florence, AL - All The Best

8/30 Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Brewing

8/31 Birmingham, AL - Mom’s Basement

9/1 Mobile, AL - Callaghan’s

9/2 Waverly, AL - Standard Deluxe (tickets here)

9/3 Hattiesburg, MS - T-Bone’s Records (early in-store)

9/3 Hattiesburg, MS - Thirsty Hippo

9/5 Little Rock, AR - Whitewater Tavern

9/8 Fort Worth, TX - The Post

9/9 Pittsburg, KS - Town Plaza

9/10 Tulsa, OK - Vox Pop (tickets here)

9/14 Santa Fe, NM - El Rey Court

9/15 Ridgway, CO - Sherbino Theater (tickets here)

9/16 Ft. Collins, CO - Red Fox Run

9/17 Divide, CO - Paradox

9/18 Crested Butte, CO - The Breadery

9/20 Ft Collins, CO - Surfside 7

9/21 Denver, CO - Skylark Lounge

9/22 Salt Lake City, UT - House Show

9/23 Bozeman, MT - Live From The Divide (tickets here)

9/24 Butte, MT - Pisser’s Palace

9/25 Missoula, MT - Ear Candy Music

9/26 Bremerton, WA - Rimbert Illustration

9/27 Astoria, OR - The Haunt

9/28 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern

9/30 Portland, OR - Laurelthirst

10/1 Salem, OR - Infinity Room

10/5 San Rafael, CA - Mink Meadows

10/6 Reno, NV - 7th Street Station

10/7 San Francisco, CA - House Show

10/8 Petaluma, CA - Sunny Hill

10/9 Sacramento, CA - Claimstake

10/12 San Francisco, CA - Lost Church

10/13 Boulder Creek, CA - Lille Aeske

10/14 Ojai, CA - Greater Goods

Pre-order and pre-save "Tourist" here at this link, available on vinyl, CD, and digital on August 5, 2022.


John and team

(photo by Brynn Osborn)

Today of all days, the last single from Tourist has arrived. Lend your ears to “Watch Me Go (Back In Time)” and watch the music video I had the opportunity to write and direct beside Chakra Media, who gallantly shot and edited the work with precision/vision. John Moreland helped push this song forward on bass, programming, and harmonies. Tourist comes out everywhere August 5th and can be pre-ordered on vinyl right now at

If you get a copy of the new album on vinyl in advance via Bandcamp, you’ll be entered in a raffle for the first test pressing of Tourist, signed by myself, sealed, and sent off with love. No worries if you’ve already grabbed your copy, you’re entered into the fray, too.

I'll be supporting the band Hanson on the east coast leg of their album release world tour, which includes some legendary rooms across the land:

7/12 House of Blues - Houston, TX

7/14 Joy Theater - New Orleans, LA

7/15 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN

7/16 The Eastern - Atlanta, GA

7/17 Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL

7/19 Alabama Theater - Birmingham, AL

7/20 The Ritz - Raleigh, NC

7/22 National - Richmond, VA

7/23 The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD

7/24 The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA

7/26 Palace Theatre - Pittsburg, PA

7/28 Empire Live - Albany, NY

7/29 House of Blues - Boston, MA

7/30 Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH

7/31 Beacon Theater - New York, NY

(all tickets at

love you.


(photo by Brynn Osborn)

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