Dustin Arbuckle and The Damnations

Dustin Arbuckle and The Damnations

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle has been working hard on the road for over a decade. After 15 years, 7 albums, and hundreds of shows across 23 countries, Moreland & Arbuckle have chosen to amicably go their separate ways.

As one door closes, another opens, and Arbuckle is now ready to explore a wide range of music with his new project, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. A musician of vast appetites, he’s long held an appreciation for traditional American music in the vein of Charley Patton as well as the cross-pollinated sounds of The Band or Stax-style soul.

The Kansas native marks hearing the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” as his earliest music memory, becoming an astute devotee of the blues by the time he’d reached his teens. “That turned out to be a jumping off point, though,” he says. “I always loved Howlin' Wolf, but as I got older and started opening my mind to a wider range of music, I'd turn around and listen to the Allman Brothers Band, then Johnny Cash, Sam & Dave, or Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. I hope you’ll hear some of that reach with The Damnations.”

Arbuckle is eager to take to stages with The Damnations. “This is a time to shake things up a bit and see what comes out,” he says. “The direction the music will go in isn’t set in stone and that’s a cool place to be at the moment.” He adds that he hopes to record with a version of the group in the near future. “I think this will open new possibilities for songwriting too,” he says. “It feels like anything could happen.”

The Gawd Almighties

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to attend an old fashioned tent revival on a Friday night with the likes of Woody Guthrie, John Prine, Pokey LaFarge, Todd Snider, and perhaps Ray Charles showing up at the tail end to assist you in reckoning your demons than look no further than The Gawd Almighties. Their brand of tunes will have you getting up off your seat and moving your whole body to the beat. From barn burners to protest songs to gospel classics you get it all under one tent.

The Gawd Almighties hail from Dallas and a little south of heaven all the way to East Texas and consist of award winning singer/guitarist Rags O'Hooligan III with a persona unlike any other. His preacher like deliveries and punk sensibilities on the state of things will have you questioning everything. Drummer Marcia Keys keeps the steady beat with over 20 years under her bible belt while adding soulful back ups with songbird and keyboardist Regina Debilio. Debilio has the voice of an angel from both natural ability and classical training. And Jacob Doe keeps it real and low for the congregation as he towers over his upright bass with his versatile experience in the music circuit.

It's hard to pinpoint the sound that seems to be exorcised from this group of musicians. You just have to listen for yourself. So pack up your weekly sins and strife and head over to the nearest venue they will be performing at next. And while you're at it throw on those blue suede shoes, get your spirits on, and dance out those demons.

$12.00 - $15.00

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