AWARD WINNING DUO TO APPEAR AT CRYSTOLA ROADHOUSE
Since their beginnings in the Kansas heartland a decade ago, guitarist Aaron Moreland and vocalist/harpist Dustin Arbuckle have captured the visceral spirit of the early 20th century Delta blues and the raw energy of post-World War II urban blues and distilled it all into a hard-driving and powerful garage-rock configuration of guitar, vocals, harp and drums.
Moreland & Arbuckle build on that solid foundation with the release of Just a Dream, their second release for Telarc International. The 12-song set showcases Moreland’s dynamic and compelling guitar work – two tracks were recorded on his cigar-box guitar consisting of three guitar strings and one bass string – Arbuckle’s emotionally charged vocals and edgy harp, and drummer Kendall Newby’s rock-solid backbeat. Just A Dream adds a few layers of sophistication to the rootsy sensibility previously captured in the band’s acclaimed 2010 Telarc debut, Flood.
“The clear objective was to retain the gritty, raw feel that we created on our prior release, but push everything up about four notches as far as sound quality, the selection of songs, the production and every other aspect of the record,” says Moreland. “Everything we’ve done in the past was set up in one big room and recorded in a couple days. On this record, we spent far more time, and our quality control was far more stringent than it’s ever been. And it shows. When this record was finished, I thought, ‘Yeah, this is what I wanted to achieve.’ This record is fourteen steps beyond anything we’ve ever done before.” “Moreland and Arbuckle have performed several times in the Pikes Peak region but this will be their first time performing at the Crystola Roadhouse” explains Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the show. “Up until now, their performances have been somewhat subdued because of where they were performing. With its ‘no holds barred-take no prisoners’ attitude towards blues shows, the Crystola is probably THE best location for Moreland & Arbuckle in the entire Pikes Peak Region. Their fans should be happy.”
Opening the show is Big Jim Adam, winner of the 2012 Telluride Solo Acoustic Blues Competition. Adam is former owner of the Colorado Springs venue, Jimbo’s Take 2, in which Moreland a& Arbuckle appeared on several occasions.
Tickets are $15 advance and $20 the day of show. A VIP ticket is available for $35 and includes a reserved seat and choice of prime rib or catfish dinner. Tickets are available on line at www.amusiccompanyinc.com or at the Crystola Roadhouse.
For more information call A Music Company Inc. at 719-576-5945.
WHAT: Moreland & Arbuckle in Concert
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013; 7:30 pm
WHERE: Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 U.S. 24, Woodland Park, CO
TICKETS: $15 to $35.