John Moreland and the Black Gold Band (from the album Endless Oklahoma Sky available on Little Mafia Records)
Crisscrossing their home state, the band headed down highway travel to weekend gigs resembles a million musicians. The Endless Oklahoma Sky watches a long line of cars loaded with gear hoping for a soundcheck and forty-five minutes of glory while John Moreland and the Black Gold Band uses the heavens above their heads as a title for their debut album. Formed in 2009, The Black Gold Band gave John Moreland a rock’n’roll outfit to hone his songwriting chops before heading out on a solo career that backed his songs of ‘glorious and joyous heartbreak’ with an acoustic guitar.
Three chords and the truth receive a masters degree when the pen writing the songs belongs for John Moreland. Tying the guitar strings into knots, Endless Oklahoma Sky admits “Everything’s My Fault” while distortion rumbles underneath “It Ain’t About Gettin’ Out” as the track heads for an exit, jangly chords act as a slingshot for the finger pointing statements of “All I Know”, and full frontal rock’n’roll freedom kicks open the album with “Gotta Be on My Way”. Formed in 2005, John Moreland and the Black Gold Band released Endless Oklahoma Sky in 2009, following with Things I Can’t Control in 2011, the same year John debuted with a solo recording (Earthbound Blues). Scratching their heads as they do the same to guitar strings, John Moreland and the Black Gold Band watch first impressions explode in “Thought You Were Different”, use a cowbell thump to count white lines across Bible Belt blacktop with “The State Line (Hardcore, Hard Luck)”, hammer the beat to match the pounding heads in “Tired of the World”, and find towns bleeding into one another as a touring band lists “What You Get Paid For”.
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