Please view our most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines before entering the show: http://www.tractortavern.com/tractor-covid-guidelines Over the last half a dozen years or so, John Morelands honesty has stunned usand stung. As he put hurts we didnt even realize we had or shared into his songs, we sang along. And we felt better. But there has always been far more to Moreland than sad songs. Today, his earthbound poetry remains potent, but in addition to his world-weary candor, Morelands music smolders with gentle wisdom, flashes of wit and joy, and compassion. And once again, as we listen, we feel better.I cant dress myself up and be some folk singer character that Im not really, Moreland says. I figured, I cant dress up these songs and try to sell them that way. All I can do is be me.Out February 2020, his latest album LP5 proves John Moreland has gotten really good at being John Morelandthank God. A masterful display of songwriting by one of todays best young practitioners of the art form, LP5 is Morelands finest record to date. The albums experimentations with instrumentation and sounds capture an artist whose confidence has grown, all without abandoning the hardy roots rock bed and the lyrics-first approach Morelands work demands. I feel like just this year, in the past few months, Ive reached a point where I feel like I know what Im doing here now, he says. And I feel comfortable with it.There was a time when Moreland thought LP5 may not happen. Wary of expectations and his cemented status as a writers writer and critical darling, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Moreland found writing difficult at bestand completely undesirable at worst. Im hesitant to talk about it because I know people dont want to hear some dude complaining that his dream of being a successful musician came true, but there are things about it that you dont expect that can mess you up, Moreland says. One of the results of that was I really didnt want to write songs for a couple of years. He pauses and sighs. One of the ways I got back into liking music again was to let go of the idea that every time Id go mess around with an instrument, Id have to be writing a really good song. I just gave myself the freedom to go into my little music room every day and mess around with different instruments and different sounds. It doesnt have to be anything. It doesnt have to result in anything.