“I’m not sure what I’d label my music as. People ask what kind of music do you play and I say I don’t really know. I love folk music and storytelling I guess it’s just rock and roll.” – Rod Melancon
If last year’s EP, LA 14, gave us a taste of Rod Melancon’s own darkly lit pilgrim’s path as an artist and a writer, then his new full album release appropriately finds him taking root with the title, Southern Gothic, as he takes us further into the light and darkness of his own poetic vision based on tales of the people of his South Louisiana homeland. The album is further evidence that confirms the arrival of an important new artist on the horizon of the Americana music movement that has been sweeping the country charts.
Southern Gothic is a journey into the dark-and often twisted-night of the soul. 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 fine new album, Melancon finds himself in their company and ready to take his well-deserved seat in the congregation as one of the finest Americana artists out today.
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