John Moreland’s highly anticipated new Thirty Tigers/Old Omens album, LP5 hit store shelves just this past Friday, February 7th and Guestroom Records on N. Western in Oklahoma City was the place to be. Not only did they have your choice of LP or CD aplenty, but they were also fortunate enough to have the man himself drop in. In doing so, many OKC fans were able to celebrate a momentous and memorable night of songs, conversation, photos, autographs, and memories.
Accompanied by trusty partner in crime, John Calvin Abney, Moreland settled in having just strolled in the front door. Abney had everything set up just exactly perfect, and after a quick agreement on the trajectory, they launched into the first song released from LP5, “East October.” Two more outstanding new cuts followed, “I’m Learning To Tell Myself The Truth,” and “In Times Between.” With LP5′s fascinating experimental atmosphere, it’s a treat to see these new songs stripped down and presented in their basest form. Moreland and Abney next dove into some older cuts in “Old Wounds” and “Cherokee” before wrapping things up with “I Need You To Tell Me Who I Am”.
After the set, Moreland set up at a table and signed what seemed like an endless stream of albums, CDs, posters and other memorabilia. All while shaking hands and posing for countless photos as Abney did much of the same. Guestroom Records is pretty much a music fan’s oasis in Oklahoma City, with this location as well as their location in Norman near the University Of Oklahoma. Tonight’s event was proof, as the capacity crowd would readily attest. John Moreland and John Calvin Abney will be kicking off the LP5 tour in Bentonville, AR on March 14th at the Meteor Guitar Gallery. More information including tour dates and links to get your own copy of LP5 can be found here: https://johnmoreland.net/
Information on John Calvin Abney including links for his newest Black Mesa release, “Safe Passage” can be found here: http://www.johncalvinabney.com/