Discovery Bundle – Jesse Dayton, Rod Melancon, Chelsea Williams
Jesse Dayton – The Outsider
2018 release. The Outsider was recorded in Atlanta, Denver, Nashville and Austin during a non-stop touring cycle and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Vance Powell (who has worked with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Jack White). About The Outsider Dayton says, “It’s a lot like my previous album The Revealer, but even more stripped down with some sweet acoustic guitar songs and some raw electric guitar work.” All the influences are there; the George Jones-inspired singing on “Changin’ My Ways,” the Outlaw country twang of Waylon and Jerry Reed on “Belly of the Beast,” the angst and energy of The Clash and X on the hillbilly protest song “Charlottesville,” and the deep east Texas blues and Cajun rockabilly of “May Have To Do It (But I Don’t Have to Like It)” and “Hurtin’ Behind The Pine Curtain.” While there are many different sides to him musically, this all rolls into one big hybrid that Jesse Dayton has been honing for over 20 years.
Rod Melancon – Southern Gothic
2017 release. On Southern Gothic, Rod Melancon has brought the sound and feeling of South Louisiana’s storied towns filled with conflicted characters; his Americana songwriting filtered through a swamp-like, country blend that often borders on the parameters of psychedelic-rock. Deep in the swamp lands of South Louisiana, found in the small towns off State Highway 14, along the Parish lines and the borders that dwell with the native sons of this often unseen heartland, there are stories waiting to be told. There are ghosts to conjure up in the night fires and bayou jamborees. It takes a special artist to conjure up the soul of the land through song and story. Welcome to the world of Southern Gothic. It is a world that is uniquely Rod Melancon, born and bred in South Louisiana. Melancon has recorded a collection of songs that deliver the feel of haunted and hunted swampy, South Louisiana nights. Brian Whelan’s production takes the purity of Rod’s style, enhances and magnifies it. Each of these songs tells it’s own story, from the inner hell of addiction to the loyalty of a family friend, to an inside view of tragedy, to the redemption found in a life-long love.
Chelsea Williams – Boomerang
2017 release. “What better way is there to express yourself than through music?” asks singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams. Her question is almost rhetorical, as Williams, in full obedience to her heart’s most urgent commands, documents her emotions in song in ways that can feel astonishing. Sometimes those feelings are carefree and luminous; other times they’re troubled and turbulent. But when channeled through her captivating voice and intoxicating melodies, they work their way into the thicket of your senses before coming to rest in your soul. Williams’ debut on Blue Élan, Boomerang, is a thoroughly transcendent mix of Americana, indie-folk and lush pop. “My aim with this record was to maintain integrity, creatively and musically,” she states. “I wanted to let creativity rule the process and not be afraid to step outside of what was expected of me.”