Moreland & Arbuckle(USA)
Supported by Claude Hay
Moreland & Arbuckle
"Deeply satisfying...gritty soul and blues with garage overtones and fire-and-brimstone vocals" -Living Blues
"These guys have kegs full of talent. Their songs will keep you driving fast and long." – No Depression
Moreland & Arbuckle electrify raw Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues and folk with an unrelenting punk-rock energy washed in hard-hitting Southern soul. Their raw and raucous live shows are legendary.
Guitarist Aaron Moreland describes their music as “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” Moreland, along with harmonicist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby, were described by The New York Post as having “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.”
Their songs are expertly executed with musical muscle and fifth-gear urgency. When they perform more traditional blues, they play with the same decisive command. With their seventh album (and first on the renowned Alligator label) Promised Land Or Bust, the band has continued to grow musically and lyrically, creating a signature sound while earning a large and loyal worldwide fan base.
Australian lovers of blues based roots rock finally get their first chance to witness Moreland & Arbuckle live in action in February 2017, with the band performing their own club shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Newcastle as well as headlining the inaugural Holler Roots Music Festival in Melbourne.
It’s never been in doubt that Claude Hay knows his way around a hook, and his 4th studio album Roller Coaster highlights Hay’s writing just as much as his unique guitar and vocal approach. From the stripped-back glam rock of the title track, gutter funk of Forget About Me and Bowie-meets-chain-gang eclecticism of a tune like Hold You Up - the Roller Coaster album is a tour-de-force from an artist at the peak of his craft, and one who’s not afraid to let his inner Hillbilly shine from time to time.
Finding time to write is always a challenge for Hay who spends most of his year on tour in Australia and Europe, says Claude:
“I’m never really happy with anything I create and end up doing 15 versions of things until someone convinces me it’s good enough - so Roller Coaster took a while to write and demo. It’s also the first album I’ve written to be performed by a band - my previous albums were written knowing that they were going to be performed solo using loops - so it was inspiring being able to write whatever I wanted and have things like chord progressions, and verses that were different to the choruses.”