Coming up in the Wichita, Kansas, area, guitarist Aaron Moreland and harmonica player/singer Dustin Arbuckle were rare characters — young guys who were deeply into Mississippi Delta blues playing. Fortunately, the two came together at an open mic jam in Wichita in 2001. It was instant chemistry for the pair, Arbuckle said in a phone call last week.
Their act, Moreland & Arbuckle, comes to the Rives Theatre, Martinsville, on Saturday. Get show details in Top Tickets, at music.roanoke.com. But if you come, don’t expect to get a relentless dose of that old-school Delta stuff. The guys love it, but they love hard rock, country, soul. They find space in their music from both Fred McDowell and Led Zeppelin.
“I don’t know that it was necessarily something that we tried all that hard to do,” Arbuckle said. “You realize at some point, well, you just can’t keep doing the exact same thing over and over again. But it really did happen pretty organically.”
The onetime duo is a trio now, with a pounding drummer and a recent record, “Just A Dream.” On this podcast with Arbuckle, we stream three tunes from that disc — “Brown Bomber,” “Purgatory” and “White Lightnin.’” The latter is a Steve Cropper song and the recording features Cropper. Hear Arbuckle talk about that connection and more on the stream.