(photo by rambo photography) There are no more shows on my books this year. Thank you to everyone who came out to one of the hundred-fifty-plus shows this year, spent their hard-earned cash on a record, shared my songs, felt something when they heard them, helped me when I was down, assisted me in spreading my words, and provided me shelter from the storm. "Far Cries and Close Calls" couldn't have happened without you, and I am happy that it means something to you. This rag-tag, rough-around-the-edges person hasn't forgotten a thing. Thanks for blessing my heart with the sound of music and warmth of your humanity in the coldest of days. A new record and an EP is coming, along with some other special news. Thanks for giving a damn, really. It's my true reward, and I mean it with every fiber of my heart, soul, and head. See you in 2017, my friends and compatriots fighting the same fight. We are all healing wounds, searching for a light, and aiming for something higher, whether we believe in ourselves or not. Find some strength in someone and some thing, and stay warm this winter, and when you come off of your mountain, show some patience and kindness if you can. thank you for you and everything that you are in this world.


love forever and always,


your friend,


john calvin abney


Hello, family and friends.


I am happy to announce that The Bluegrass Situationpremiered the music video for "Way Out" today on their site, directed and edited by Sterlin Harjo. It was a work of love and contains footage from many tours across the USA with my dear friends.


 It is a dark day for our country, as the ill-mannered, foul-mouthed, and unprepared president-elect takes the polls. We cannot let the darkness smother our light. Hold on to the light and push it forth. Create, speak your voice, and stand for what is right. We're going to make it through.


Autumn tour will continue until the winter months and I hope that we can share a song, a meal, a drink, and a conversation before then. We will keep making, we will keep fighting, and we will sing our songs in celebration of life and in defense and recognition of safety and happiness for all.


The tour poster above was lovingly created by May Yang at Flash Flood Printing, with the sprites made by Hector Hoyo, and printed to a limited 35 copies, 6 color prints on 16x20 beautiful french paper and available at tour dates only. See you guys out there, soon, soon, soon.


-love,


john and family


Hello, everyone.


We hope the world and it's intricacies have been treating you well. John is gearing up to head out for a set of tour dates with his friend, M. Lockwood Porter, to select towns in the midwest US before his southwest and west coast sojourn. Here are a list of dates where John will be:


10/31 - The Shelter - Oxford, MS (w/ Holy Ghost Electric Show) 11/1 - 5spot - Nashville, TN 11/2 - Sugarland's Distillery - Gatlinburg, TN 11/3 - The Basement - Nashville, TN (w/  Joey Kneiser, Kent Eugene Goolsby) 11/4 - Stagger Inn - Edwardsville, IL (w/ Beth Bombara) 11/5 - Dead Wax Records - St. Louis, MO (w/ Beth Bombara) 11/6 - Uncommon Grounds - Chicago, IL 11/7 - Moeller Nights at The Village Theatre - Davenport, IA (with Vita and the Woolf) (Update: aware that the poster says Evanston, IL on the 11/4 date erroneously, but we will definitely be in Edwardsville that night. Thank you for understanding.)


Also, great news! The vinyl of Far Cries and Close Calls will be arriving on Halloween! We will be sending out all of the pre-orders on November 1st and fulfilling your orders instantaneously. Thank you for your continued support and your willingness to inject love into the air amidst the strange, the dark, and the cold. More updates coming soon, more tour dates to come, and more words to sing.


-love,


j and family

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