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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Moreland and Arbuckle - Phoenix, Arizona 9/21/11

Last night I went to see Buddy Guy at a new venue in Phoenix called the Foundry on First (More to come). Buddy Guy's warm up band was Moreland and Arbuckle. I have to tell you, they are one of the best "warm up" bands I have ever seen. Now this isn't to say that they compare to the Who opening for Jimi Hendrix. We're talking about an opening act for Buddy Guy. I have seen Buddy Guy probably over 20 times and he always has a quality act with him...most recently Jimbo Mathus. But these guys are headliners! I walked in during their set and I have to tell you they are pro all the way. I had previously reviewed their work back on June 10th but I had never really seen the band. This is a three piece band (harmonica, guitar and drums) with Aaron Moreland on guitar, Dustin Arbuckle on vocals and harp and Brad Horner on drums. A good portion of the set is played on a cigar box guitar with one bass string (three guitar strings). You would never think for a second that the band sounded thin because it lacked players. These guys were great! You can't imagine my surprise when I heard these guys live. Each of the players is exceptional at what they do and the band is tight full and really had the crowd on their feet. I do want to mention that I am particularly critical of vocalists and Dustin is first class. Their musical style is their own and I loved every second of it. I was not hearing the typical "Bring on Buddy" chanted in the crowd as these guys had the audience in the palm of their hands. I took a few moments to speak with the band after the show and they are personable and ready for business.

If you get a chance to see them, with or without Buddy Guy...go!!!

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