What American references Boxing Day? Oklahoma’s musical Mad Hatter John Calvin Abney if you must know. Whether spitballing phrases as on garage blues of “Jailbreak” or fingerpicking a self-admitted “huge bummer” on “Way Out,” Abney’s latest album, Far Cries and Close Calls, details life on the road in songs like “Goodbye Temporarily” aided by Megan Palmer’s violin lilt and the barn-burning “Weekly Rate Palace” with its question of fate or futility. The solemn salute of “Beauty Seldom Seen” is offset by the couched love bender “I’ll Be Here, Mairead.”
Far from a “shitty Bob Dylan,” Abney continues to grow into the poet we need. With his musical acumen on full display, Bucket Full of Nails is extremely proud to premiere the ambitious and well-rouned Far Cries and Close Calls. To be released on 23 September via Horton Records (US) and Continental Road (Europe), you can stream the exclusive premiere of Far Cries and Close Calls below and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats through Bandcamp.