The full-length album Coyote was released 9 months ago this coming week, and as an end of year bonus, Black Mesa Records has re-released one of my first EPs on this beautiful blue splatter 10" vinyl, mastered to 45rpm. Along with the vinyl, we've made CDs and hand-printed a new t-shirt design thanks to Cole Roberts. Head on over to the label site and get some gifts before year end.

I had a spectacular experience returning to the mountains, pacific northwest coast, the southwestern deserts, and the places that hold so much meaning and mystery still that lie between the cities we live in. Boundless gratitude to every single person who came out to the shows, bought records, and sang along, and thank you to M. Lockwood Porter for being my companion on the highways.

As the tour came to an end and culminated in a trip to Little Rock to perform at Holiday Hangout with extended family and loved ones, I retreated back down to Austin, TX and began work on a new album. Assisted by Shonna Tucker, Will Johnson, John Moreland, and Megan Palmer, I am near speechless with the work we turned around and the magic that was created in the realm of Ramble Creek Studio with Britton Beisenherz at the helm. More news coming soon, but let this be known: music will not and can not pass away, and there is a lot of love printed to tape coming to your ears as soon as possible.

After a suspiciously long year and tens of thousands of miles traveled once again, I know many of us are tired, confused, exhausted, and ready for the tides of change to roll in with the winter winds. Hold fast and tight to the good, stay soft while maintaining your strength, and choose to move forward if you can will it to be. 

all the love in the world for you to reach out and hold,

john calvin and family

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.