John Calvin Abney

Abney is a multi-talented sideman who’s spent considerable time on the road and in the studio in service to other artists — most notably as the longtime guitarist for fellow Oklahoman, John Moreland, who sits in on acoustic and electric guitar throughout the new record — and his experience as an instrumentalist, arranger, and producer has honed his sense of what is essential to songs, resulting in a peaceful balance between his apparent joy for making music and the ever-present emotions of his writing. He’s a lifelong student of composition and artistry whose influences and inspirations run vast and varied: Brian Wilson, Courtney Barnett, Nick and Molly Drake, Tulsa Sound pioneer J.J. Cale, Japanese pop godfather Haruomi Hosono, virtuosic guitarist Molly Tuttle, and even acclaimed video game music composers like Shogo Sakai and Yasunori Mitsuda. Abney is a keen observer and on Safe Passage he has developed his craft in a way that allows his sense of self of self to really shine through.