Singer-songwriter John Moreland is still riding high off the success of his 2015 breakthrough record, High on Tulsa Heat. Tonight, he’s back in town for a show at The Basement East, which is sure to leave concertgoers speechless. He’s one of those artists that can silence a room with just his voice and a guitar, which is no small feat for anyone performing in Nashville. This time around, he’s joined by rising songwriter Christian Lee Hutson for a night of incredible and intimate music. Tickets are still available for $12-15, so grab yours now and read on for more info on the lineup.
It’s been a long road to success for John Moreland. Born in Texas but based in Oklahoma, the 31-year-old has only recently found a national following after years of music-making. After playing in a variety of punk bands during his youth, Moreland began channeling longtime heroes Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt with his songwriting. He released two solo albums (2011’s Earthbound Blues and 2013’s In The Throes) before he teamed up with Thirty Tigers for High on Tulsa Heat. Moreland self-produced the album, which he recorded over a few days at his parents’ home in Bixby, Okla. It was a record that came during the peak of “alt-country” popularity, thanks in part to artists like Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell, and the stripped-down and intimate quality of each track lets Moreland’s gritty vocals shine through. Few artists can hush an entire room with just a guitar and a song, but he manages to do it regularly. See him during his stop at the Basement East and get ready to be amazed.
CHRISTIAN LEE HUTSON
L.A. native Christian Lee Hutson first made his name in the music scene as a member of the lo-fi folk band The Driftwood Singers. In 2012, he released his debut solo EP, Will Never Break Up. Both this initial release and his 2013 full-length followup, The Hell With It, feature a sweeping Americana sound, packed full of emotion and heart. Full of ambition and drive, Hutson quickly released his sophomore album, Yeah Okay, I Know, the following year to widespread praise. The self-proclaimed “King of Bummercore” is a pure joy to see on stage, so make sure you get to the show early.
John Moreland and Christian Lee Hutson will perform TONIGHT, July 29 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available for $12-15.