“..will carry you straight to country folk bliss.” - Paste
"Abney isn’t deeply rooted in country tinged crooners or twang. Rather, he delivers soft and elegant moments reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or." - Wide Open Country
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.