Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-10-08 19:12:25 –
There was a firm debate that modern American folk music as a whole could be traced back to our own legendary Woody Guthrie, and once there was a lack of Oklahoman’s act to pick up the torch he ignited. There seems to be no.
But when it comes to the question of who is bringing that legacy to modern and younger generations of Oklahoman, there are few better answers than John Calvin Abney, who is bringing his brand of electrified folk rock to The Criterion this Sunday. Support Jason Isbell and 400 units.
“I was fortunate enough to support some exciting tours of singing my songs in Oklahoma, but I believe this will be the biggest,” Abney told me.
This step into the bigger spotlight was well taken a few years after touring the world as a trusted sideman for Tulsa’s breakout star John Moreland.
“Playing in Moreland, we have supported Isbel over and over again. His entire team is at the top of the class and style,” he said with Isbell’s crew and the talent that makes up 400 units. I mentioned the band.
Growing up in Tulsa before moving to Norman for college, Abney rapidly gained a reputation as an inexhaustible force around the city’s vibrant music scene. At an almost constant coffee shop gig, he was firmly anchored to the radar of almost every player. A small house right next to the campus corner has also become a hub for revolving doors for late-night after-party and jam sessions.
“He’s probably the most hard-working musician I know,” said Kyle Reed, one of the most intimate musical friends Abney had gained from that era and is now a major player in the OK scene. Told. “He constantly absorbs new influences and life experiences, integrates them into music and shares them with the world. He also quickly shares his talents with other artists and inspires the work of other artists. Can be given. “
The sparks made him the perfect companion to Moreland, and Abney toured with him for years, opened for the immortal John Prine, and played with him at late shows. After doing so, I became a close collaborator.
“Moreland and I are always in touch and working on something,” Abney said. “He and I have learned new technologies and methods and expanded what we have done. It’s always exciting.”
But on Sunday night, Abney doesn’t sit behind anyone. The stage is him and the band behind him plays his songs.
“I’ve been touring solos for 10 years, neither a sideman nor a support musician, so sharing the stage with the band feels positive and powerful,” he said, a compiled band of Oklahoman and Texan players. I explained the experience of leading. “Each person’s musical tendencies and experiences draw songs in ways I can never do. This is a whole new lineup, but even if your nerves produce electricity, you march sideways. Trust people who are, and things get better in amazing ways. “
Any Abney-level musician will say that there is a big difference between acting as a sideman or support player and becoming a star or bandleader in the limelight. Abney knows the stakes are high, but as always he intends to bring the same euphoria to the stage.
“At some point, the stage is a place outside of where I am, regardless of room or theater, and it’s starting to become a friendly boundary space that won’t be afraid or collapsed from the fear of the stage. “He said. .. “Even in a legendary room, if you go there, you’ll feel like a living room.”
In classic fashion, he enjoys thinking about these feelings and experiences, and the moments and places where they can be addressed. Like before and after Guthrie and countless other thoughtful troubadour, Abney identifies human elements that can help him understand everything, even in packed homes and major theater stages. I like to try.
“Finding familiar sights and sensations to understand the chaos and turmoil that the show is full of may be a human aspect,” he said. “I’ve read it once, so I can see the shape in the finish of the clouds and ceiling.”
Catch John Calvin Abney on the stage of The Criterion on Sunday, October 10th to support Jason Isbell and 400 units. Tickets and information can be found at criteriaokc.com. Vaccination proof is required to enter the country.
Last updated: October 8, 2021 18:12 Brett Dickerson – Editor
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