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Take Effect: John Calvin Abney "Familiar Ground"

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Take Effect: John Calvin Abney "Familiar Ground"

Familiar Ground Black Mesa, 2020 8/10 Listen to Familiar Ground John Calvin Abney’s 5th album, Familiar Ground, comes at a very unique time in history, where many artists are sequestered and penning records during the country’s lockdown. In continuing with the theme of the pandemic and its repercussions, the Oklahoma resident examines mortality, and strength, especially when it comes to battling the often difficult tides of life, and his pensive and yet optimistic atmosphere sure sounds like it should soundtrack 2020. Abney starts the album with the appropriately titled “When This Blows Over”, where folk and twang meet with Abney’s...

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Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2020

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Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2020

Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2020 Last week, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2020. In total, we played 740 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show this year, so our final list was wildly competitive. Check out our picks below. 2. John Calvin Abney - When This Blows Over  

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Hear First: John Calvin Abney’s Familiar Ground

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Hear First: John Calvin Abney’s Familiar Ground

An album premiere, plus a conversation about it between Abney and his old friend Bartees Strange.

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Song You Need to Know: John Calvin Abney, ‘When This Blows Over’

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Song You Need to Know: John Calvin Abney, ‘When This Blows Over’

In Abney’s case, his post-pandemic plan is reuniting with the people he loves and going places. “There was a time in my life when I could be anywhere,” he sings, a note of sadness in his voice that makes him sound a little bit like Elliott Smith if he’d founded a scruffy alt-country band and moved to Oklahoma.

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John Calvin Abney Shares “When This Blows Over” Single Today with Music Video Directed by Samantha Crain

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John Calvin Abney Shares “When This Blows Over” Single Today with Music Video Directed by Samantha Crain

On album standout “When This Blows Over” — out today alongside a music video directed by fellow Oklahoman Samantha Crain — Abney paraphrases the beloved Irish poet Seamus Heaney, reminding us over a twangy, bedroom pop soundscape that “We can summer together / if we can winter this.

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