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Hey everyone,

After tours and shows this year were put to a full stop, I retreated into my home studio and created a new album with Moreland remotely. This album is called Familiar Ground and I am happy to share with you today the first single, "Shine Like a Friend", set free into the cosmos on 11/20 this year via Black Mesa Records. It is currently available on all streaming platforms, including Bandcamp ( You can pre-order the vinyl album from or through your local record stores, if you ask, I bet they can order. Amidst this wild and chaotic world, I wish you all comfort and peace with those you love and live with. More news coming soon.

-love, John

Greetings from a cold corridor in Ames, Iowa.

I wanted to drop by with some good news. First of all, the first vinyl pressing of Safe Passage (500) is nearly sold out in the first four months of it’s release. Thank you to everyone who purchased the physical medium and spun it at home, work, and spaces of joy, both shared and personal. In the light of this, Black Mesa Records has decided to re-press my long since out-of-print 2016 album “Far Cries and Close Calls” (originally on Horton Records), along with 2018’s “Coyote”, which also sold out last year.

Both albums will come pressed onto black vinyl, with a limited color edition for each work to signify their second life. Starting immediately, you can pre-order these new pressings on my own Bandcamp, along with our respective websites. Thank you again for listening and may warmth surround you and yours in these winter months.

Safe Passage has had a splendid run flying around the airwaves and wifi signals the past month and John is readying himself for a massive tour in support of the new album. Here is what folks are saying about the collection of tunes:

"Melodic, ethereal...lush." - Billboard

"His greatest asset is his ability to surrender to the song. Gentle, contemplative compositions" - No Depression

"Safe Passage will carry you to straight to country/folk bliss." - Paste

"...woozily lush arrangements and classic pop turns...feels like a farewell to a longtime friend, with its nostalgic haze and warm, bittersweet bite" - Rolling Stone Country

Released on all platforms, but also cast in vinyl and compact disc, Safe Passage is available from John's merch table across the United States this  autumn and winter. For those who can't make the shows, you can give John a swift follow on Spotify or your favorite streaming machines. Furthermore, high quality file formats of John's entire discography is available at his Bandcamp link.

Here is a link for John's partial discography on Spotify:  John Calvin Abney's Artist Spotify

Here is a link for John's full discography on Bandcamp:  John Calvin Abney's Artist Bandcamp

In addition to the album and other tour merchandise, a SNES and Earthbound inspired, limited edition of 50 18x24 prints designed by May Yang at Flash Flood Print will be available at the upcoming shows.

See you out there on the road. (A couple dates subject to change, couple dates to be added. thank you -mgmt)

10/12 - Council Grove, KS - Glass House 10/18 - Tulsa, OK - Mercury Lounge 10/19 - OKC, OK - Speakeasy 10/20 - Bentonville, AR - Meteor Guitar Gallery 10/21 - Springfield, MO - City Music 10/22 - Urbana, IL - Rosebowl Tavern 10/23 - Iowa City, IA - Trumpet Blossom 10/24 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads (gospel lounge) 10/25 - St. Louis, MO - I Went To A Show House Show 10/26 - Nashville, TN - Magnetic Sound Studio house show 10/27 - Sheffield, AL - Do Right Man Barbershop 10/28 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Brewing 10/29 - Hattiesburg, MS - The Thirsty Hippo 10/30 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern 11/1 - Austin, TX - Stay Gold 11/2 - Norman, OK - House Show 11/3 - Dallas, TX - Twangville Sunday Social 11/4 - Amarillo, TX - Golden Light 11/6 - Ft. Collins, CO - Surfside 7 11/7 - Salt Lake City, UT - Cold Pale Horse studio show 11/8 - Butte, MT - Cavalier Lounge 11/9 - Missoula, MT - Ear Candy Music 11/11 - Spokane, WA - Baby Bar 11/12 - Pendleton, OR - Great Pacific 11/13 - Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne Pub 11/14 - Bremerton, WA - Manette Saloon 11/15 - Portland, OR - House Show 11/16 - TBA 11/17 - Medford, OR - Sparks House Concerts 11/19 - Sacramento, CA - Stone Music Boutique 11/20 - Chico, CA - Tender Loving Coffee 11/21 - Reno, NV - 7th Street Station 11/22 - Petaluma, CA - Sunny Hill House Show 11/23 - San Francisco, CA - El Rio 11/24 - Boulder Creek, CA - Lille Aeske 11/25 - San Luis Obispo, CA - TBA 11/26 - Bakersfield, CA - TBA 11/27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Love Song 11/29 - Joshua Tree, CA - Furstworld 11/30 - Ojai, CA - Greater Goods 12/1 - SLO, CA - Satellite of Love 12/3 - Flagstaff, AZ - Flagstaff Brewing 12/4 - Albuquerque, NM - Tractor in Nob Hill 12/5 - Norman, OK - CMGT at the Deli 12/6 - Little Rock, AR - Holiday Hangout at White Water Tavern 12/13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Door 12/14 - Tulsa, OK - The Colony

Thanks a million for your continued support.

-john and family

(photo by mark cluney)

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