Melancon to Perform in Tupelo Tonight

Those who like to catch great acts on the edge won’t want to miss singer-songwriter Rod Melancon who will perform July 21, tonight, at the Blue Canoe in Tulepo .

Rod recently released a five song EP, LA 14, a reference to his birthplace, Louisiana State Highway 14.

 The southern Louisiana native was raised listening to a wide range of music from Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen.

His premier video from the song set is “Lights of Carencro,” which is based on the memory of a tragic accident. 

“The song is inspired by the death of my namesake and the events that followed,” said Rod. “He was my uncle. Director Christopher Good came up with the concept. It feel like this video once again proves that Chris is a strong force in the indie filmmaking world. He’s not afraid to take risks. 

The EP is a preview of the full album which will be released in early 2017.

The music is a blend of psychedelic-rock and southern blues, which especially takes center stage on the buddy gone to vietnam song, “Dwayne and Me.”

His second album Parish Lines (2014) helped push Rod into the spotlight as one of CMT Edge’s “Five Rising Roots to Watch.” “Cajun Cowboy” off that album was hailed as one of the best songs that year.

Rod opened this latest tour in California, but you can tell from his music and what he says that his heart is in the south.

“Young kids playing on a worn down basketball court, old men sitting on porches, a man pumping gas into the same truck he’s probably had for over thirty years. Isn’t that something?,” he said. “It takes leaving the South to realize the beauty of it all.”


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