Back in November I mention that Kansas’ Moreland & Arbuckle had recently signed with Fred Litwin’s Northern Blues label and were preparing their label debut, 1861. At the time, I was looking forward to hearing it but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, another Floyd’s Market would have been great and I would have happily written about it on here. What I got certainly wasn’t what I expected…no, it’s oh so much better…hell, I can’t even write about it without a huge smile coming across my face. They turned their juke joint/back porch/hill county boogie up to 11, threw in a little 1960’s garage rock, and added more soul than a bowl of Louisiana gumbo.
Saying this album is Essential Listening is like saying Angelina Jolie is a’ight. This album is a party in the form of 12 tracks and it gets my highest endorsement. Northern Blues, a label that prides it self on bringing fresh talent to the blues world, has brought you guys a winner. Check it out!