John Moreland started writing when he was ten years old, the same year his family moved from Kentucky, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he still lives today. He turns 30 this year, and he’s been slinging songs for more than half his life. He started fronting local punk and hardcore bands in high school. After graduation, he had an epiphany. "I’d just overexposed myself to punk and hardcore to the point that it just didn’t do anything for me anymore," he says. The remedy? He ditched his music for his dad’s: CCR, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Steve Earle. "I think what appealed to me about it was lyrics," he says. "I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out ‘The Revolution Starts Now,’ and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest. When John released "In the Throes" in June of 2013, the album didn’t just charm listeners—it stunned them. No Depression declared the collection "isn’t so much songwriting as alchemy with words and music." MSNBC host Rachel Maddow heard his songs and joined the chorus, tweeting: "If the American music business made any sense, guys like John Moreland would be household names." John's "High on Tulsa Heat" was a triumphant sequel, pulsing with the sharply drawn imagery and cutting vulnerability that his listeners have come to expect. He comes to Michigan with a brand-new album, "Big Bad Luv." Songwriter Will Johnson opens.