August 18th, 2022 10pm Stage 3
John Calvin Abney
John Calvin Abney is a folksinger and multi instrumentalist currently based in Austin, TX, touring in support of his new album “Tourist”, out on August 5 via Black Mesa Records.
Thematically, it’s the natural progression—or unraveling—of Abney’s long search for the meaning of home and our impermanence, the crowning voice of a three-part harmony that includes 2019’s Safe Passage and 2020’s Familiar Ground, which netted kind words from RollingStone.com, No Depression, and American Songwriter.
Abney is rarely not on the road, maintaining a grueling tour schedule as a solo artist and sideman whose credits include years accompanying and recording with John Moreland and Samantha Crain, recent dates with up-and-comers Lizzie No and Margo Cilker, a solo performance at the Ryman Auditorium, and opening—with a full rock band in tow—a home state show for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
“I know better now…traveled awhile, my defenses down,” he sings on “Call Me Achilles. “Under my skin, into my sound.” Tourist is, at its core, a series of landscape paintings colored by casual intimacy, inviting you in with postcard panoramas of one’s relationships with places changing in time.
Jon Dell (aka Bonehart Flannigan) is an American songwriter, guitarist, and music educator. Currently based in Brooklyn, his upcoming release “I Love You and I Wish You The Best” explores weighty topics such as second chances at love, cancer, drinking, and most things in between. His live shows typically feature his trademark gallows humor. The fact that his songs tread the line between dolor and blissful jubilance so well is a testament to Dell’s deftness as a storyteller and his uncommon sensibilities as a songwriter. Having played in bands since his early teens, he has played hundreds of shows coast to coast, sharing the stage with artists such as Charley Crockett, BJ Barham, Justin Wells, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, and many others.
WOLF VAN ELFMAND
Wolf van Elfmand makes songs and plays the guitar. Raised in Western Colorado, his music explores genres within the realm of Americana from fingerpicking country-blues to boot-stomping rock 'n' roll. In 2019 Van Elfmand put out his debut LP "Music for Minors (Ages 3 to 300)" which introduced listeners to Wolf's knack for humor and storytelling while remaining laser focused on musicality and production. In 2021 he released 2 albums- All Blue, a self produced record that nods to players like J.J. Cale, featuring drum machines, countless layered guitars, and a minimalistic approach. And Gypsum, a full-band production, which showcased Wolf's depth in songwriting with themes like access to clean water, unrequited love, and a deep connection to the mountain west. Van Elfmand left Denver for Red Hook, Brooklyn in late 2020 and soon after linked up with producer Ryan Howe to create his latest album High Desert Valley. These days Wolf frequently performs solo and High Desert Valley demonstrates the magic of a Wolf show, with intentional lyrics, effortless fingerpicking and a smooth vocal delivery which continues to draw audiences throughout the country.