The St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s free Front Porch Series proudly announces that Americana singer-songwriter John Moreland will kick off the 2018 Series. Moreland 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, he 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.
“Big Bad Luv” (out now on 4AD) is the record John Moreland made after everything in his life changed, for the better. It’s
unmistakably a rock ‘n’ roll record. If, that is, one understands the term to include Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Hiatt, and Lucero. Or The Band, maybe. Insistent songs, coming from a voice as elegant as unfinished barn wood, songs which insist upon their words being heard. It’s his fourth solo album, not discounting two records with the Black Gold Band and a third with the Dust Bowl Souls.
The Front Porch Series is a free music series held on the 4,800 square feet hardwood deck located on the St. Augustine Amphitheatre grounds. The series is open to the public and is all ages with gates opening at 6:00 pm and music at 7:00 pm. No tickets are needed for entry.