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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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CHILLFLTR Review: "Always Enough"

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John Calvin Abney - Always Enough With a strong confessional mojo borrowed in part from Elliot Smith, John Calvin Abney speaks some simple truth with his new single Always Enough. The doubled lead vocal gives away that Pacific Northwest production style, even if he calls Oklahoma his home. A rambling melody is shared between the piano and guitar, and the lyrics paint an image that comes easy to most of us: finding our own way through life and pushing against the impulse to blame the ones we love most for the hardest bits. Maybe we already have what we need, and...

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Wide Open Country Premiere: "Always Enough"

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Wide Open Country Premiere: "Always Enough"

Song Premiere: John Calvin Abney’s Pensive and Redemptive Lullaby ‘Always Enough’ When John Calvin Abney finished writing “Always Enough,” naturally it felt good. But, it also felt like a necessary step in Abney’s budding career. Abney readily admits that may sound cliche and contrived, but it’s a genuine sentiment from the Oklahoma singer-songwriter.“I don’t feel enlightened or anything,” Abney tells Wide Open Country. “I just feel comfortable with who I’ve become. I’m more connected with my songwriting and feel like I’m not trying to be somebody else anymore.”“Always Enough,” the lead track from Abney’s upcoming album Coyote, is a dream...

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