MUSO’S GARAGE SPOTLIGHT: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE
Posted 2 February 2017 by Adz Carter
“Raw, dirty, primal and infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica” –USA Today on Moreland & Arbuckle.
Hello there fellow music lovers, and welcome to a brand new feature of Muso’s Garage, Muso’s Garage Spotlight. In these blogs, we, you guessed it, put the spotlight on different artists (‘nuff said!). This first time we are shining the spotlight on the Kansas based band Moreland & Arbuckle. While the name might make them sound like a law firm or a comedy duo, one listen to their blend of blues, folk, and rock n’ roll reveals that they’re no business, there’s definitely no funny business, and when it comes to delivering magnificent music, they definitely mean business.
Moreland & Arbuckle formed in 2001 after guitarist Aaron Moreland and harmonicist/singer Dustin Arbuckle met each other at an open mic night in their hometown of Wichita. Getting along like a house on fire immediately and bonding over a mutual love of the blues (and more specifically, blues legends like Sonny Boy Williamson), the pair were to form a duo within the next year. Moreland and Arbuckle also formed a four piece electric band called The King Snakes, although the pair had a problem hanging onto bass players. But as luck would have it, they soon discovered that they had a better sound without one, as Moreland kept the rhythm thumping on his guitar while Arbuckle took the music into overdrive with his harmonica and vocals. Rounded out with powerhouse drummer Kendall Newby, the trio soon became hometown heroes, selling out clubs to capacity, and eventually taking the show on the road across the country, gaining more and more fans along the way.
It’s not hard to see why either, as the result of these three coming together is a magical melting pot of traditional blues with a modern feel. If Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen were to get into a bar fight which resulted in guns drawn in a Mexican standoff, and Jack White came to intervene and suggest they harness all that energy into the four of them having a jam session, the resulting music would sound like Moreland & Arbuckle. The much revered New York Post describes them as having “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.”
As the band gained more critical acclaim, and their popularity took off like a runaway train, they soon saw themselves share the stage with the likes of George Thorogood, ZZ Top, and Buddy Guy. Studio recordings were to inevitably follow, with the release of the albums ‘Caney Valley Blues’ in 2005, ‘7 Cities’ in 2013, while the third album ‘Promised Land Or Bust’ is due out this May. Now on the eve of the release of ‘Promised Land Or Bust’, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Moreland & Arbuckle are heading to our promised land very soon. After hundreds of shows, and after having clocked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road across America, Canada and Europe, this three piece are bringing their rock n’ roll freight train onto Australian tracks, and making a stop in Newcastle. To the aural pleasure of many Novocastrians, Moreland & Arbuckle grace Newcastle with their presence on Wednesday 22nd February at the legendary live and original music venue, The Stag & Hunter Hotel. Tickets are available now, so make sure to pick up yours online or at the Stag, as you don’t want to miss out on a night of “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.”
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