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John Calvin Abney Navigates Unprecedented 2020 on ‘Familiar Ground’

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John Calvin Abney Navigates Unprecedented 2020 on ‘Familiar Ground’

Whatever the reason, Familiar Ground is a beautiful, near-gentle collection of nine tracks that find Abney exploring his new normal of 2020.

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John Calvin Abney Treads in New Direction with “Familiar Ground”

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John Calvin Abney Treads in New Direction with “Familiar Ground”

The thought of connecting the recognizable with the emergence of complete change sounds ridiculous at first. However, in terms of Abney’s realizations of both, it’s more a matter of re-prioritizing aspects of his own self that had always been there, rather than change being defined by entirely novel ideas.

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Video Premiere: JOHN CALVIN ABNEY “Showing Up Late”

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Video Premiere:  JOHN CALVIN ABNEY “Showing Up Late”

Carried on a lovely country sway, the song is held together by Abney’s voice. Dimmed and somewhat withdrawn, there’s an ache in his weathered vocals that makes the whole thing to feel beautifully compelling; a subtle and stirring accompaniment for the current season.

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JOHN CALViN ABNEY - FAMiLiAR GROUND ROUTES & BRANCHES

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On his fifth full-length record, the Tulsa-based writer bucks the prevailing sentiment that it takes more work to make noise than it does to exercise restraint. 

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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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