At the early age of 10, John Moreland picked up the guitar and with the help of his father learned his first chords. Only a couple years later he was writing songs and playing in local hardcore bands in his home state of Oklahoma. John Moreland’s songwriting influences come from many different places, but when he began writing, it was mainly the music he had been hearing through his fathers stereo his whole life that influenced him the most. Artists like Steve Earle, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Willie Nile, Joe Ely and John Mellencamp monopolized most of his listening time and helped his songwriting come to life.
Moreland put together the Black Gold Band in 2005, and released "Endless Oklahoma Sky" on Oklahoma City label Little Mafia Records in 2008. It was his accidental fusion of roots rock and punk rock that earned the band a solid following and brought him back into the studio in 2009 to record the follow-up “Things I Can't Control” in Tulsa, OK’s own Armstrong Recording with producer and legendary musician Stephen Egerton (Descendents, ALL).
John comments on his sound by explaining: “I was writing these songs on my dad's acoustic guitar which I thought were like country rock or roots rock songs, but I learned how to play music from playing in punk bands, and all the dudes I’ve played with were in punk bands. So when we got together to play the songs as a band, it turned out a lot louder and meaner than I expected it to.”
Finding a partner not only as a producer and engineer Stephen Egerton has taken up drum duties and this further adds to the "louder and meaner" sides to Moreland's song writing, Paper and Plastick label owner Vinnie Fiorello describes seeing John live for the first time ".. i couldn't believe how big his voice is live, it dominates the room, a smooth and controlled growl that fills the entire area in front of him."
While the songs John writes are a combination roots rock and punk this is a band wagon tag along or a follow in the footsteps of story, the songs soar higher than any punk rocker goes country and the songs throw a spotlight on a true talent in Tulsa. Witness a gem in the dustiest state I know, I end with this statement- Listen to John Moreland.
John Moreland & The Black Gold Band 2008 Endless Oklahoma Sky
John Moreland & The Black Gold Band Things I Can't Control (2010)