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New site refresh, including new artist pages

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New site refresh, including new artist pages

We've recently updated the site to a new, lighter color scheme. We've also gone through and fixed some little glitches that have been bothering us for a while. While we were at it, we decided to re-vamp how we present our artist's pages. Formerly, when you navigated to one of our artist's pages, you were presented an excerpt from their bio, and then a product listing. Now, we show you the full bio, along with a list of recent press articles, and links to products. We hope that you can learn a little more about our artists this way and...

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Last two weeks of Coyote Pre-order, "Sundowner" premiere, and more

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Last two weeks of Coyote Pre-order, "Sundowner" premiere, and more

We've been getting some great press from Coyote. Here's what Wide Open Country had to say: "Abney’s brand of Americana isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, Abney's delievers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change, Ryan Adams‘ 29 and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or."

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mxdwn Premiere: "Sundowner"

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mxdwn PREMIERE: John Calvin Abney Showcases Indie Folk Chops on Yearning New Song “Sundowner” John Calvin Abney is an Oklahoman musician who adeptly mixes classic Americana sounds with more modern genres like dream pop and indie folk. The result is a sound that is equal parts Elliot Smith and William Elliott Whitmore and we’ve got the premiere of a great example of this skill in “Sundowner.” The single shows off Abney’s Oklahoma vocal twang while showcasing a songwriter that is not satisfied with classic American songwriting practices.“Sundowner” comes from Abney’s upcoming full-length release Coyote, which will be out May 18...

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Ear to the Ground Playlist: "Always Enough"

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The many faces of new folk music – Lunchtime Playlist April 20 John Calvin Abney – “Always Enough” Abney’s vocal sounds more like an alt rock guy than a typical folkster, but his lyrics and overall style definitely belong here. This song drips with authenticity and makes me feel the way I did when I first heard Water Liars. There’s a positivity to the song embodied in the keys. Something about the chord structure reminds me of a 60s pop song, but it works and I keep coming back for more.

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Americana UK: "Coyote" 9/10

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Americana UK: "Coyote" 9/10

Oh, What a Beautiful Abney...one of Oklahoma's finest comes up with the goods! Girlfriend or girl-fiend? There are some excellent break-up albums around at the moment. Lilly Hiatt’s gorgeously rocking ‘Trinity Lane’ is written in blood and self-recrimination and now along comes Coyotefrom John Calvin Abney, who offers up the tattered remnants of his broken-heart. If you’re a fan of John Moreland, you will already be aware of Abney, Moreland’s dependable and extraordinary band member who plays guitar and keyboards, not to mention a gorgeous pedal-steel. They grew up together in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have each other’s backs. Abney will be...

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