Make a selection below
Rod Melancon Publishing
|Mad Talkin' Man|
Today, in country music there is a connection between the New Traditionalist Movement of the 80s, led by Dwight Yoakam, to the L.A. Insurgent Country Movement of today. One of the artists who best represents the new purification of this vital American genre is Rod Melancon. Today, he may be marketed as 'Americana,' but make no mistake; he is country to the bone. He's even taking the Dwight Yoakam route to country success by using L.A. as his starting platform. This is not by design, although fate may have something to do with it; but simply because he started in Hollywood with hopes of an acting career. However, he's recently taken to recruiting members of Yoakam's band (Brian Whelan on pedal steel and Mitch Marine on drums) during live concerts.
As his debut album, My Family Name confirms Melancon, born and raised in South Louisiana, is a natural country singer-songwriter in the tradition of Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. At 24, he has written a series of songs that reflect the life and culture of his roots in a similar way we heard in Cash's early work in Memphis. Most recently, Melancon is working an album of new material produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville. Along for the ride is Jamey Johnson's band. If the first two songs is any indication, Melancon is digging his roots even deeper than on My Family Name. "Mad Talking Man," is rootsy country-rock thatís heavy on his own brand of rock-a-billy rave and rage. Don Convey's R&B classic "Have Mercy," is given a hard rocking edge that gives the song a whole new life. It's the kind of marriage between country and rhythm & blues that have made for classics in the well-known studios and music halls of Memphis and Nashville. It takes no effort for him to call up Elvis or James Dean in image. It's who he really is. It seems he may have been born in the wrong time. But, perhaps, it would be better said, he was born in just the right time to revitalize country music to its original glory. There is a sense of inevitable destiny with some artists early in their career. That sense surrounds Rod Melancon today. To borrow from a statement made long ago about Springsteen, I have seen the future of country music. His name is Rod Melancon.