1861

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
How can you not love a band that plays cigar box guitars and brings a friend in to play "gas tank bass" on a number? Really, how? Hailing from the hill country of Kansas (yes, Dorothy, there are hills there), guitarist Aaron Moreland, vocalist/harmonica master Dustin Arbuckle, and drummer Brad Horner are the most impressive deep blues trio to emerge since the North Mississippi All-Stars charged out of the Magnolia State's hill country in the '90s. Not only are Moreland and Arbuckle themselves gifted instrumentalists and Arbuckle a fearsome vocalist; the duo also write literate original songs with style and soul, conversant with the blues vernacular and utterly ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
How can you not love a band that plays cigar box guitars and brings a friend in to play "gas tank bass" on a number? Really, how? Hailing from the hill country of Kansas (yes, Dorothy, there are hills there), guitarist Aaron Moreland, vocalist/harmonica master Dustin Arbuckle, and drummer Brad Horner are the most impressive deep blues trio to emerge since the North Mississippi All-Stars charged out of the Magnolia State's hill country in the '90s. Not only are Moreland and Arbuckle themselves gifted instrumentalists and Arbuckle a fearsome vocalist; the duo also write literate original songs with style and soul, conversant with the blues vernacular and utterly convincing. Their honkin', stomping reflections on the joys of angling in "Fishin' Hole" provide a new perspective on the spiritual connection between a man and his pole, shall we say. "Tell Me Why" is a product of a journey to the aforementioned Mississippi hill country, a trip that produced this gently thundering philosophical musing on a mean woman's duplicitous ways that is driven by Moreland's evocative parlor guitar thumpings and Arbuckle's rich, howling harmonica and moaning, near-whispered, quizzical lamentation. Were Johnny Cash still with us, he would be all over "The Legend," a driving, relentless, merciless account of a supremely damaged Vietnam vet's ceaseless quest to quell the inner demons unleashed overseas. Arbuckle's straight-ahead, almost emotionally flat vocal is a ruse; his words betray his shame, and behind him Horner beats an unwavering, chilling military rhythm while Moreland lets his slide guitar speak for the protagonist's tortured soul, sending searing howls heavenward in stark contrast to his partner's medium-cool testifying. Nine originals are buttressed by three blistering cover versions, including a ferocious workout on Hound Dog Taylor's "Gonna Send You Back to Georgia." 1861 is transcendent work, and it works all night long.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
While few would think of Kansas as a center for low-down blues, the rise of Moreland & Arbuckle may change all that. Dustin Arbuckle's powerful vocals and passionate harmonica and Aaron Moreland's passionate and frequently rockish guitar solos sound like they could have come straight from the Delta. Moreland was a rock guitarist until he discovered Son House in 1997 when he was 22, soon burying himself in prewar blues. Arbuckle, when he was 15 in the same year of 1997, heard Elmore James and B.B. King, took up the harmonica and switched his singing to the ferocious side of the blues.Moreland & Arbuckle originally teamed up in their quartet the King Snakes although their inability to hold on to bassists resulted in them forming a trio with drummer Brad Horner. Their third CD, 1861, is named after the year that Kansas joined the Union. While organist Chris Wiser guests on two selections (including the instrumental "Wiser Jam") and bassist Jeffrey Eaton is on one, the other numbers showcase the core trio. The music is mostly originals and serves as a superior showcase for the team of Moreland & Arbuckle, who create their own very impressive style within the blues idiom. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Northern Blues
  • UPC: 809509004423
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 146,102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moreland & Arbuckle Primary Artist
Jeffrey Eaton Bass, Guitar, Guest Appearance
Dustin Arbuckle Harmonica, Vocals
Aaron Moreland Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Brad Horner Drums
Chris Wiser Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
R.L. Burnside Composer
Bob Olhsson Mastering
Theodore Roosevelt Taylor Composer
Mark Gallo Author
Dustin Arbuckle Composer
Aaron Moreland Composer
Carter Green Engineer
Brad Horner Composer
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