Moreland & Arbuckle
"Raw, dirty, primal and infectious...sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals and rude harmonica” –USA Today
“Deeply satisfying...gritty soul and blues with garage overtones and fire-and-brimstone vocals” –Living Blues
Upon first meeting at an open-mic jam in Wichita, Moreland and Arbuckle made an immediate blues connection, and soon after began making music together. They formed The Kingsnakes, a four piece unit, but couldn't keep a steady bass player. They soon found they made 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. 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.
After three self-released albums and countless roof-raising tour dates, Moreland & Arbuckle signed with Telarc in 2010, releasing three more critically acclaimed CDs. They have logged hundreds of thousands of road miles (they recently replaced 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 in 2016, with dates in the United States and Europe already set.
Moreland & Arbuckle have grown from a fiery, crowd-pleasing duo to a genre-smashing three-piece band impossible to categorize but rooted deep in the blues. Together, Moreland's rhythmic and propulsive guitar work and Arbuckle's emotionally-charged harmonica and edgy vocals -- supported by Newby's tough 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.”
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of roots rock/blues band Moreland & Arbuckle. According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, signing Moreland & Arbuckle to the label known for its Genuine Houserockin' Music was an easy choice. “I’ve watched this band grow from talented interpreters of raw, traditional blues into creators of fresh, original roots-based songs. Live, the energy just pours out of them.”