“There’s a neon sign that says ‘big bad love,’” sings John Moreland on “Sallisaw Blue,” the new track from his forthcoming LP, Big Bad Luv. “And a noose hanging down from the heavens above.” A work of rollicking country-blues that conjures up the fire of Steve Earle, it takes stock of how life can be both pure and punishing, with a special nod to the vapid expanse of the American landscape as experienced from behind the wheel of a touring van. Hear the song above.
“Sallisaw Blue” is the first track on Big Bad Luv, an album that finds Moreland pushing his stark singer-songwriter wares into more consistently full-band territory, marking both personal and sonic shifts. His fourth LP, Big Bad Luv was recorded and produced by Moreland at Fellowship Fall Sound in Little Rock with mixing by Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow), and will be released May 5th via 4AD.
Moreland is on tour now, and will appear at Stagecoach Festival on April 28th.