john MOreland big bad Luv LP / CD / Digital Download in stores May 5
Critically acclaimed songwriter John Moreland releases his fourth solo album, Big Bad Luv on May 5 via
4AD. The album is an honest, bruising experience. A beautiful record about love, faith and the human
Big Bad Luv marks a change in Moreland’s sound and outlook on life. With lyrics that are as intense
and unfiltered as on his earlier work, Moreland delves into finding peace within. He also branches out
sonically on the new album, which is injected with a heavier dose of rock ‘n’ roll.
Big Bad Luv was recorded at Fellowship Fall Sound in Little Rock, AR, produced by Moreland and mixed
by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow). The brutal honesty of John Moreland’s
singing and songwriting has touched listeners across the country. He silences rooms from dive bars to
more recently the historic Ryman Auditorium stage. The simple and eloquent way that he’s able to speak
about life rings as true as ever.
Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin
Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared Tyler (dobro) and Lucero’s
Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between
touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has
worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.
Hailing from Tulsa, OK, John composes both pointedly and prodigiously, and has released largely selfproduced
albums every other year since 2011. Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his
mesmeric solo performances (including his TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year),
which coupled with his incredible records, has helped to create a real word-of-mouth about him.
John will be supporting the album with dates in M o n t r é a l June 9th (Le Ritz) and Toronto June 10th
“John Moreland has a beautifully abraded voice, full of potholes and gravel…” – The New York Times
“Moreland sings heart wrenching lyrics in an earthy voice that sounds worn in beyond his 29 years.” -
Wall Street Journal
Big Bad Luv is the record John Moreland made after, after everything in his life changed. For the better.
He sings in one of those accents from flyover country that’s impossible to locate and implausible to
mimic. (Texas, by way of Northern Kentucky, but mostly Tulsa, as it happens.) He sings directly from his
heart, with none of the restraint and filters and caution the rest of us would apply for public protection. He
sings with resolute courage.
And writes. Writes with simple eloquence about love and faith and isolation; the human condition; what
every song and poem and novel is about, at the core: Life.
“Break My Heart Sweetly” came from his second solo album, released in 2013 and titled In the Throes.
High on Tulsa Heat, released through Thirty Tigers, landed him on Stephen Colbert’s stage. Song
placements on “Sons of Anarchy,” an emerging artist nomination from the Americana Music Association.
Enough sales to compel Moreland to give up his DIY label operation, and sign with 4AD.
“It grew to the point where I couldn’t really handle everything myself,” he says. “Even
with a manager and a small team, I came to the conclusion that I’d like to play music and not worry about
the other stuff.”
Enough success to buy a measure of peace, and not more pain. “I expected to just play in the corner of
the bar and have people not really pay attention, make $100, go home and go to work the next morning,
doing something I didn’t like,” Moreland says. “So, yeah, I didn’t really expect to be here. But, then, on the other hand, I did. I feel like I’m good enough to be here. And I’ve always been confident, even when I probably shouldn’t have been. I knew I was an outsider. I didn’t have a lot of faith in the music industry to let me in. But I guess they have. To some extent. That’s what I hoped for, but I wasn’t sure that would be how it worked.”
A1. Sallisaw Blue
A2. Old Wounds
A3. Every Kind of Wrong
A4. Love Is Not an Answer
A5. Lies I Chose to Believe
B1. Amen, So Be It
B2. No Glory in Regret
B3. Ain’t We Gold
B4. Slow Down Easy
B5. It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)
B6. Latchkey Kid