Photo: Joey Kneiser
John Moreland with Arlo McKinley
June 18, 2015
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
18+, 8pm doors, 8:30pm show, $8 adv, $10 dos, Buy Tickets
Compelling singer/songwriter John Moreland will be performing at Southgate House Revival on Thursday, June 18th in support of his critically acclaimed third solo album, High On Tulsa Heat (released April 21 via Thirty Tigers). The Wall Street Journal featured the album as an exclusive premiere, describing it as “…10 confessional songs laced with guitar grit as Moreland sings heart wrenching lyrics in an earthy voice that sounds worn in beyond his 29 years.” Pitchfork said, “There is plenty of well-worn sentiment and saltiness in his music, but there is also a relatable humanity that makes High on Tulsa Heat worth going back to. Though many of the songs convey images of earthiness and of dirt, there’s a beauty that helps the collection soar above the ground.”
Rolling Stone named Moreland one of 10 New Country Artists You Should Know while NPR Music premiered the video for “Cherokee”, describing it as “…a story of life as it’s really lived. Dark as its edges may be, it’s not horror. It’s humanity.” View the video HERE. Click HERE for more higlights from DiffuserFM, Country Weekly,American Songwriter and many more.
Self-produced and recorded in an Oklahoma home studio in his parents’ house, High on Tulsa Heat offers another round of the lyrics-first, gorgeously plaintive songs that have earned him devoted listeners across the country. Listen to the track “Tulsa Heat” with Q&A via CMT Edge’s exclusive premiere HERE and check out Moreland’s Yahoo Music SXSW Close Up Session for a live performance HERE.
As other songwriters bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful. When the Tulsa-based artist unveiled In the Throes in June of 2013, the album didn’t just charm listeners — it stunned them.American Songwriter, No Depression, and others began urging people to pay attention, as hit FX television series Sons of Anarchy featured three Moreland tracks. Loud bar-room chatter and clanking glasses become silent when the 29 year old opens his mouth and begins to sing, and his songs are clearly connecting with people, earning him a steadily growing fan-base around the country.