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No Depression - John Calvin Abney’s ‘Safe Passage’ Chooses Compassion

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No Depression - John Calvin Abney’s ‘Safe Passage’ Chooses Compassion

John Calvin Abney’s ‘Safe Passage’ Chooses Compassion You don’t get to play on 29 albums within six years on flash alone. John Calvin Abney’s greatest asset — as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter — is his ability to surrender to the song. It’s what’s paired him with artists as varied as Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Porter and the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, and fellow Oklahomans M Lockwood Porter, Samantha Crain, and John Moreland. Though Abney’s perfectly capable of guitar pyrotechnics, his solo material favors gentle, contemplative compositions. Safe Passage finds Abney at the crossroads of self-compassion and self-doubt, and...

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Americana Highways: John Calvin Abney’s “Safe Passage” Will Grab You And Refuse To Let Go

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Americana Highways: John Calvin Abney’s “Safe Passage” Will Grab You And Refuse To Let Go

"...a damn near perfect album."
"His talent and originality shine on every song, holding your attention throughout, a feat not easily accomplished in our 30 second attention span world."

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Glide Magazine - John Calvin Abney Navigates Through the Dark on “Safe Passage” (Album Review)

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Glide Magazine - John Calvin Abney Navigates Through the Dark on “Safe Passage” (Album Review)

"[Safe Passage] sounds pleasant enough but there’s plenty of thought and discourse about various emotions throughout which one can only appreciate through careful listening."

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ROUTES & BRANCHES - John Calvin Abney

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ROUTES & BRANCHES -  John Calvin Abney

ROUTES & BRANCHES -  John Calvin Abney You'll spot John Calvin Abney in a lot of John Moreland performance videos.  He's the (much) smaller guy with the guitar or the harmonica or the keyboard, the shaggy-haired, unshaven fellow who looks like he's having a ball there, along for the ride with one of the shooting stars of our kind of music.  You also might have caught Abney during his work with folks like Levi Parham, Samantha Crain, Beth Bombara or Chris Porter.  Fact is, for all the time he spends as a smaller font feature, it's kind of a wonder...

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BGS - John Calvin Abney, “I Just Want To Feel Good”

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BGS - John Calvin Abney, “I Just Want To Feel Good”

SONG PREMIERE LISTEN: JOHN CALVIN ABNEY, “I JUST WANT TO FEEL GOOD” Artist: John Calvin AbneyHometown: Tulsa, OklahomaSong: “I Just Want to Feel Good”Album: Safe PassageRelease Date: September 27, 2019Label: Black Mesa Records In Their Words: “This song was written in a short 20-minute nova of inspiration. I had a nagging cold while up at altitude, staying in a cabin by myself in Colorado, and dodging my troubles through travel and wine. I grew tired of being a people pleaser in order to dodge conflict (the real superficial kind) and was chasing the shadow of happiness in the wake of the...

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