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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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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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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 Dimmed and somewhat withdrawn, there’s an ache in his weathered vocals that makes the whole thing to feel beautifully compelling; a subtle and stirring accompaniment for the current season.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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