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Moreland & Arbuckle - 1861


Moreland & Arbuckle

Northern Blues Music - NBM 0044

Available from Moreland & Arbuckle's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This band has a sound that comes out of the speakers with a fury that has the power of an uninterrupted wind as it drives the snow into every crevice of the body and rips the flesh from the bone. It is as raw as it comes. With the mud of the Mississippi Hill country still caked to their hobnailed boots, that droning blues that comes growling, exploding, and snarling out of the speakers, this is R. L. Burnside country. It's that droning and threatening brand of blues that is for those small clubs that are filled with hot and sweaty dancers that have been at it all night, immersed in perfume of cigarettes, sweat, and old stale beer and cheap whiskey. This surprising band from Kansas snaps your head back as your eyes get big. Aaron Moreland, the guitarist, and singer and harp player Dustin Arbuckle are the duo and they added drummer Brad Horner for this recording, and have Jeffrey Eaton on gas tank bass on The Legend, and Chris Wiser on Hammond B3 organ on Diamond Ring and The Wiser Jam. This disc was one of those grand surprises that comes along now and again. As it came unheralded and there was no expectation. The cover has a nice pastoral painting with very muscular trees by Joshua Finley, that is bright and colorful and gives no clue to the sonic mayhem lurking inside.

There are twelve tunes on the disc with eight being written by Moreland & Arbuckle, one each by Hound Dog Taylor, R.L. Burnside, Ryan Taylor and that last cut Wiser Jam has no credits. It is a cohesive disc that lets the energy flow along with no impediments in a smooth course. Aaron Moreland plays electric guitar, Resonator guitar, and 'funky old' Parlor guitar and Cigar Box Guitar. Dustin Arbuckle has that strong yet slightly slurred singing sound down and plays a very good harp, without overplaying it. The guests add to the sound and don't overplay. This is one of those slippin' and slidin' discs that has got that strong hypnotic strong drum line and is great for dancing.

Track List:

  • Gonna Send Ya Back To Georgia
  • Fishin' Hole
  • Tell Me Why
  • Diamond Ring
  • See My Jumper Hangin' Out On The Line
  • The Legend
  • Never Far Behind
  • Teasin' Doney
  • Please Please Mammy
  • Pittsburgh In The Morning, Philadelphia At Night
  • Wrong I Do
  • Wiser Jam

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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