After rediscovering country and roots rock in his twenties, he began writing and performing with his group John Moreland & the Black Gold Band. In 2008 he released his earthy, electric guitar-steeped debut, Endless Oklahoma Sky. Three years later he returned with his second effort with the Black Gold Band, Things I Can't Control, as well as two albums recorded as John Moreland & the Dust Bowl Souls, Everything the Hard Way and Earthbound Blues.
Deciding to move in a self-produced direction, Moreland recorded his 2013 album, In the Throes, largely on his own. The album, which showcased his transition to an even more intimate acoustic sound, developed a grassroots following. He garnered even further attention after several songs off In the Throes, including "Spells" and "Heaven," were used in the acclaimed FX television biker drama Sons of Anarchy. In 2015 Moreland released his sixth full-length album, High on Tulsa Heat. Recorded at his parents' home in Bixby, Oklahoma, the album included the single "Cherokee." ~ Matt Collar, Rovi