It’s not hard to believe that Steve Earle was Moreland’s ‘gateway’ to folk music – along with influence from Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt – and here’s hoping that his name can sit alongside those greats.
Known as a ‘sad bastard’ for a reason, Moreland’s songs are straightforward, honest, hard hitting and yes, often sad, although he offers himself a little kindness too – he’s one of those remarkable songwriters. Moreland has added more of a soundscape to his usual stripped-back style, with more experimental texture in percussion, keys and guitars highlighted by his raspy, achingly beautiful vocals. A real-deal country storyteller who sings from the heart.
LP5 by John Moreland is out February 7 via Thirty Tigers/Cooking Vinyl.
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