Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Moreland & Arbuckle formed in 2001. After reaching the final round in the 2005 International Blues Challenge, they were ready to step up their game. After five previous albums they released their new album titled 7 Cities in July 2013. The album tells a story of a Spanish explorer named Coronado and his search for the seven cities of gold in the Kansas plains.
The band has played alongside several well known artists including ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, etc. Steve Cropper has even stepped in and jammed with them on a previous album.
7 Cities begins with “Quivira.” The vocals, string guitar and harmonica come together and explain the explorer’s first steps towards his journey.The acoustic “Red Bricks” is a favorite on the album. The slide guitar banters with the harmonica while the hi-hat/bass bring in its own sound. It brings a type of Americana feel to the album. “Stranger Than Most” breaks away from the acoustic sounds and brings soul, funk, and rock to the album. You can feel their energy through tracks like “Bite Your Tongue,” “Waste Away,” “Time Ain’t Long,” and “Modern Boy.”
Filled with blues and rock, 7 Cities also has a strong country twang in the vocals and obvious slide guitar. This compelling band will be touring in the US and the UK.
The Review: 8/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Red Bricks
– Stranger Than Most
The Big Hit
– Red Bricks
Review by Dana Ainsworth