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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 Dimmed and somewhat withdrawn, there’s an ache in his weathered vocals that makes the whole thing to feel beautifully compelling; a subtle and stirring accompaniment for the current season.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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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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John Calvin Abney Announces New LP, Familiar Ground, To Release November 20 via Black Mesa Records

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John Calvin Abney Announces New LP, Familiar Ground, To Release November 20 via Black Mesa Records

John Calvin Abney has announced his fifth studio album, Familiar Ground, which is due out November 20, 2020 on Black Mesa Records and available for pre-order / pre-save now HERE. The follow-up to his well-received 2019 LP Safe Passage, Familiar Ground was crafted piece by piece with assistance from longtime collaborator and fellow Tulsa-based singer/songwriter, John Moreland. Throughout the 9-song set, Abney mulls over just what it means to pass the time and fully experience our fleeting lives on earth. 

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