The Moment

John Moreland on Connection, Self-Reflection, and Finding the Words

The highly regarded singer-songwriter talks about writing music that will withstand the test of time.

John Moreland.
John Moreland.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to John Moreland, the masterful singer-songwriter best known for his albums In the Throes (2013) and High on Tulsa Heat (2015). Fresh off his European tour with Jason Isbell, John joins us in the studio to talk about writing songs on the road and why nowadays, it’s more difficult to find the right melody than the right words (7:20). Plus, John describes how he first fell in love with music (12:20), why he chooses to not idolize the greats (31:15), and how his goal as a writer is to build what Bob Dylan would call “sturdy songs” (34:00).


Stick around at the end of the show for a performance of “Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore” by John Moreland.

And also, check out John’s performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert by clicking here.

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Twitter: @BrianKoppelman

Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.