As the Rod Melancon's music-train keeps rolling along, it seems the much needed track falls into place making for some major visibility in the Americana world. At least that's how it seems to be going for the 24 year-old L.A. based singer-songwriter. He recently traveled to Nashville where, with Jamey Johnson/Jason Isbell producer Dave Cobb, he recorded a new 50's retro-rocker called, "Mad Talkin' Man." It's a departure from the Springsteen meets Haggard honky-tonk approach of his debut, Family Name. But, maybe it's not as much a departure as an added dimension to this young artist's building legacy. His feet are dug deep into the musical traditions of his Louisiana homeland. The same roots come through on "Mad Talkin' Man," only this one has its heart in the country-rock tradition of Rodney Crowell's "Ain't Living Long Like This." Above is a link to the Soundcloud streamed release of the song.
While waiting for his next album, now in progress, March 5th will see the release of an EP which will also include another track produced by Dave Cobb, a cover of the 50's R&B classic, "Mercy."
Melancon will also be appearing at South by Southwest this year on Thursday, March 14th for the Grand Ole Austin Showcase. and on Friday, March 15 for the Sin City Social Club Showcase.