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ROD MELANCON–Americana Roots Rock Artist–Premieres “Redhead” from Upcoming ‘Southern Gothic’ Album

Americana roots rock artist ROD MELANCON today (4/20) partnered with GlideMagazine.com to premiere “Redhead,” a muscular blend of rock and dirty blues with “Rolling Stones swagger” (John Wirt, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA, 4/7/17). The track is one of the highlights on the singer, songwriter and musician’s sophomore 10-track album SOUTHERN GOTHIC, out Friday, June 16 via Blue Elan Records; available digitally and physically on CD and vinyl. Click here to listen to “Redhead.”

SOUTHERN GOTHIC can now be pre-ordered–which includes instant-grat tracks, “Dwayne & Me” and “Redhead”–via iTunes here, Amazon here or Blue Elan Records for special packaged bundles here.

“With ‘Redhead,’ I wanted to allow the listener a chance to come up for air,” says ROD about track #6 on the CD and the first song on the vinyl longplayer. “A bit of a break from the troubled characters they met before on this new album–something for the smoke-filled dance halls.”

In support of the album, MELANCON–born and bred in Louisiana and now based in Los Angeles–continues his tour tonight in Tampa Bay, FL at Cuban Club before hitting a few more cities to wrap this leg in Austin, TX on Friday, April 28 at The White Horse (see below for upcoming tour dates). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.rodmelancon.com/tour-dates.

MELANCON is generating an early buzz in the cities where he’s touring. Writer Julia Fechter from The George-Anne (Statesboro, GA) cited “Redhead” as “full of festive language, guitar riffs and, surprisingly, a saxophone solo” (4/11/17). Elsewhere, Rosemary Scott noted in The Red & Black (Athens, GA), “His sound is reminiscent of his childhood in Louisiana-rough and edgy with a hint of Southern twang” (4/10/17).

SOUTHERN GOTHIC is a journey into the dark, and often twisted, night of the soul. Recorded over the course of two years and produced by Brian Whelan, it is the restless yearning of a young, new South that has been represented by The Drive-By Truckers, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. With this new album, MELANCON takes an unflinching look inside the heart of Americana darkness as he stylistically dives deeper into the roots of his own imagination nurtured in the badlands and bayous of his home.

MELANCON pushes the sonic soundscape on SOUTHERN GOTHIC. “I wanted to explore more than the go-to Americana template,” he shares. “Instead of where a steel guitar would maybe go, let’s add a pulsating synthesizer. I wanted to do something original–to push the boundaries of what’s expected from an Americana artist. I wanted the production to reflect the character’s state of mind. ‘With The Devil’ opens with what I imagine the inside of that man’s head sounds like.” 

Track listing for SOUTHERN GOTHIC:

“With The Devil”


“Lights of Carencro”

“Dwayne and Me”



“Praying for Light”

“Mary Lou”

“Different Man”

“Outskirts of You”

Catch ROD MELANCON on the road:







Tampa Bay, FL

Cuban Club



Tampa Bay, FL

Cuban Club



Lake Park, FL

Kelsey Theatre



DeLand, FL

Cafe DaVinci



Austin, TX

The White Horse

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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