Moreland & Arbuckle's evolution
continues with their Alligator Records debut PROMISED LAND OR BUST,
produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch, The Sword). From the howling
cosmic opener Take Me With You (When You Go) to the stomping Mean
And Evil to the plaintive Mount Comfort, PROMISED LAND OR BUST is
a far-reaching musical showcase. The instantly-memorable, slice-of-life
songs paint scenes of double-crossed lovers, women meaner than the
devil, and isolated loners beaten down by careless love. According
to Moreland, "The new album is consciously traditional but
still has the signature drive and power that we have crafted over
the past thirteen years."
Aaron Moreland was born December 16, 1974.
He played in a number of garage bands while growing up and was influenced
by punk music before having what he calls his "Son House moment."
Hearing the blues legend's Death Letter Blues for the first time
at age 22, he changed course, focusing his playing on nothing but
acoustic blues for the next several years. Dustin Arbuckle was born
December 25, 1981. He first discovered blues in his mid-teens and
received what he refers to as "a calling. Getting into blues
made me want to play music," he says. He played in blues-rock
bands, inspired by Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, while
learning to sing with deep soul and honest authority.
The two met at an open mic session in their
hometown of Wichita, Kansas back in 2001 and they quickly bonded
over their mutual love of blues. Less than a year later, they joined
forces, their raw and energetic approach to the music melding perfectly.
The band quickly became local heroes, filling clubs beyond capacity.
It wasn't long before they started touring larger cities around
the country, earning new fans with every performance.
From their 2005 self-release Caney Valley
Blues to 2013's 7 Cities on Telarc, Moreland & Arbuckle have
grown from a fiery, crowd-pleasing duo to a genre-smashing three-piece
band. Together, Moreland's simultaneous bass, rhythm and lead guitar
work and Arbuckle's emotionally-charged harmonica and edgy vocals-driven
by Newby's propulsive drumming-create a sound that is forceful enough
to grab a listener's attention and nuanced enough to hold it. American
Songwriter says the group's music is "swampy, sweaty and muggy...mixing
a bluesy foundation with bits of country, folk and squawking American
rock and roll." WNYC's Soundcheck says the band plays "gritty
blues with a thoroughly contemporary bite."
Over the course of their career, Moreland
& Arbuckle have played hundreds of shows and have logged hundreds
of thousands of road miles (recently replacing their van after driving
it over 400,000 miles), performing in the United States, Canada
and across Europe. In 2008 they spent 10 days in Iraq, playing for
the troops. They've shared stages with ZZ Top, George Thorogood,
Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lonely Boys. They'll return to the
road in support of the new album, with dates in the United States,
Europe and beyond. No Depression says, "These guys have kegs
full of talent. Their songs will keep you driving fast and long."
Now, with PROMISED LAND OR BUST, Moreland
& Arbuckle are ready to bust it all wide open. Arbuckle calls
the new album "our best yet," and says, "we continue
to evolve musically outside of the box we started in, but the bedrock-the
blues -is always there." Moreland adds, "We consciously
went back to where we started and it took us to a brand new place."
That new place is clearly part of Moreland & Arbuckle's never
ending musical journey. And for them and their ever-growing fan
base, there's no turning back now.