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Moreland & Arbuckle
Monday, October 7, 2013
When Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle met in 2001, they were a rarity in Wichita, Kansas — two young guys who were swept up in the Mississippi Delta blues tradition.
They didn’t even know each other when they took the stage together during an open mic night at a Wichita nightspot. Soon after guitarist Moreland and harmonica player and singer Arbuckle hit their first notes, they knew something good was going on.
“There weren’t many younger guys who were trying to do Mississippi blues,” Arbuckle said. “And that was the music that had really bitten us. So when we first jammed together and kind of realized we had this chemistry and we had this kinship, our friendship and our working relationship came together pretty fast.”
Since then, the duo — now a trio, having added a drummer about 2007 — has toured the world and released four albums that show a progression from straight-up Delta blues to blues-rock.
Moreland, Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby will hit Blue 5 Restaurant on Thursday with a set that will include music from their July release, “7 Cities.” The album fuses the musical and lyrical themes of the early 20th century deep South style with overdriven guitar and pounding drums that summon rock, pop and country vibes. There’s even a bluesy cover of Tears for Fears’ song, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
It will be the band’s first trip to Roanoke since the 2012 Go Outside Fest, about a year ago, on what was a very cold fall night at River’s Edge Park.
“Unfortunately, by the time we played, I think a lot of folks had decided it was too cold to stick around,” Arbuckle said in March, before the act was to play Martinsville’s Rives Theatre. “But those that were there had a really good time, and they were a lot of fun.”
Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=15293 to hear a podcast with Arbuckle from earlier this year, with streaming music from previous album “Just A Dream.” Arbuckle talks about the band’s history, influences and direction.
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