Moreland & Arbuckle


SXSW Records

Moreland & Arbuckle

Flood (Telarc)

On its label debut, this rock-ribbed blues trio joins the North Mississippi Allstars and Gov't Mule on the quasi-traditional trail. Though its native Kansas isn't a notable hotbed of the genre at this point, there's no escaping the feeling that one of the devil's minions must have been in Wichita when guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle met a decade ago. "I sell my soul," moans Arbuckle on "Before the Flood." The band's take on "Legend on John Henry" adds to the deep Delta feel, and witness the players digging for gold on Little Walter's "Hate to See You Go." The slow drawl of "Your Man Won't Ever Know" is accompanied by the most peculiar weapon in Moreland's arsenal, a four-string cigar-box guitar based on improvised instruments of early 20th century bluesmen. It's always dangerous when young Caucasian dudes decide to trace the path up from the crossroads, but with exception of the draggy "Can't Get Clear," this young band gets away clean. (Sat., 9pm, Opal Divine's.)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Friday Showcases
Friday Showcases
Korea, Japan, Spain, Africa – see the world from single showcases

March 20, 2015

Saturday Interview
Saturday Interview

Kevin Curtin, March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey
Conspirators (Record Review)

Reid Jowers, Sept. 27, 2019

Texas Platters
The Texas Horns
Get Here Quick (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Sept. 20, 2019

More by Dan Oko
Spotlight: Richard Thompson
Spotlight: Richard Thompson
10pm, Antone's

March 15, 2013

Ballroom Dancing
SXSW Keynote: Dave Grohl
SXSW panel reviews

March 15, 2013


Moreland & Arbuckle

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle