John Calvin Abney's debut record, Better Luck has gotten a lot of love from critics since its release in January 2015.No Depression's Scott Huppardo finds Abney's transformation from sideman to songwriter altogether convincing, noting that "this is the accomplished wing man sliding into the starring role, his own skin in the game."
He describes the record as "landscapes of sounds and instruments put together seamlessly, complete with heady, deeply personal lyrics."You can check out the full review at No Depression.
Eric over at Bucket Full of Nails sees room for John to grow into his next record but called it a "crackerjack debut that marks the emergence of a burgeoning songwriter who should only get better with age."
You can also check out reviews from Doug Hill at the Norman Transcript, The Southern Music Line (which featured Better Luck as its Spotlight Music of the Month in February), as well as this feature on John from his hometown rag, The Tulsa World.
Lastly, take a couple of minutes to check out this great Midtown Session of John performing, "I Can't Choose" acoustically, utilizing the awesome acoustics in the City Presbyterian Church to turn in a memorable performance.