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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.

John will be heading overseas again this coming month to support John Moreland, opening and accompanying:

7/31 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe (JCA opening for John Moreland) 8/2 - Glasgow, UK - Kelvingrove Amphitheatre (guitar for Moreland) 8/3 - Birmingham, UK - Town Hall (guitar for Moreland) 8/4 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival (guitar for John Moreland) 8/5 - Bristol, UK - St. George's Church - (JCA opening for John Moreland)

Look forward to two new releases from John as summer melts into autumn. More news coming always.

-love, the team

Thanks Rolling Stone Country for the kind words, and video premiere, on your 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week list! 

With its double-tracked vocals and kaleidoscopic pop twists, “Always Enough” channels the hushed, lo-fi symphonies of Elliot Smith’s Figure 8. Far from a mere nod to his influences, though, the song finds John Calvin Abney making peace with his biggest champion and simultaneous critic: himself. “Can’t you see that we were always enough?” he asks, turning the song into an ode to self-actualization.

Enjoy the video!

- Kris

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