John Calvin Abney
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DOORS AT 7:30 / SHOW AT 8:30
- Box office and will call open 30 minutes before doors
- Free parking lot directly south of the theatre across 23rd street
- Full bar inside venue
- ATM in the lobby
- Support acts are subject to change
- No weapons of any kind are allowed in the building
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When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as a “ming-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy, KEXP) “tutorial on classic country music” (Popmatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the states and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft.
His 2017 album Ties of Blood and Affection presents a canny lateral move. Instead of doubling down on the stark themes and values of his debut, this sophomore album finds Pinnell finding comfort in his own skin and achieving the redemption only hinted at in his previous batch of haunted songs. Here Pinnell joyfully embraces the working life, family obligations, and faith. His new stories delve into acceptance and survival, all the while investigating his most challenging chapter yet: adulthood. While “If life don’t get any better / I’m alright with this” isn’t an out-right triumph, it’s an honest revelation.
"Hardscrabble honky-tonk at its best, nodding to Johnny Cash and Buck Owens in equal measure. Ties of Blood and Affection is a stellar collection that could earn Pinnell comparisons to Sturgill Simpson.” - ROLLING STONE
John Calvin Abney
Abney is a multi-talented sideman, songwriter, and composer 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. 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, Tulsa Sound pioneer J.J. Cale, Sheryl Crow, Japanese pop godfather Haruomi Hosono, 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 to softly shine through, like the soft jade of afternoons in the Oklahoma summer.
Upstairs at Ponyboy
423 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK, 73103