Rod Melancon plays tracks from Parish Lines and talks about growing up in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana and how he learned guitar from Hank Williams.
Also on this episode, trippy country rock from Ray LaMontagne, Appalachian blues from Malcolm Holcombe, newgrass from the Old Crow Medicine Show, country rock from Corb Lund, piano boogie from Eden Brent, garage rock from Cowbell, folk rock from Carolina Story, string band music from Dog & Gun, rockabilly from Tammy Lynn & Myles High, country music from Willie Nelson, and a beautiful crooner from Red Molly.
- She's The One / Ray LaMontagne / Supernova / 3:18
- Another Despair / Malcolm Holcombe / Pitiful Blues / 2:43
- Mean Enough World / Old Crow Medicine Show / Remedy / 3:19
- Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer / Corb Lund / Counterfeit Blues / 3:17
- Better This Way / Eden Brent / Jigsaw Heart / 4:11
- Mississippi / Cowbell / Beat Stampede / 3:07
- Crash And Burn / Carolina Story / Chapter Two / 3:06
- The Rumble and the Dark / Dog & Gun / Dog & Gun / 2:57
- Good Rockin' Tonight / Tammy Lynn & Myles High / Turn My Music On / 2:46
- Bring It On / Willie Nelson / Band of Brothers / 2:56
- My Baby Loves Me / Red Molly / The Red Album / 2:18
Rod Melancon Info
Rod Melancon Interview recap
Calvin asks Rod Melancon to tell the listeners about life growing up in rural Louisiana. Rod Melancon says, "The Parish I grew up in is called Vermilion Parish. The area I grew up in is a farming community outside of Gueydan called Wright. There's this big rice mill when you drive up. It has a sign that says if you lived in Wright you'd be home now. it's really a small small place. The town I went to school in is called Kaplan, it's about 10 minutes away. Basically, growing up in Louisiana, when I was a kid, I was around a lot of Cajun music. My dad's side of the family, the Melancon side, they're just pure Cajun. They're the end of the old Cajun heritage. As far as growing up in my hometown and typical weekends, there was this street called Cushing Avenue where you just kind of drive in circles until curfew. There was a skating rink called Rat Rollers. Kind of like Dazed and Confused, you know that movie, right? It was a lot like that. And I realized I kind f caught the tail end of that because now it's cell phones and they don't do that in my home town anymore... But I had a great upbringing,man, I took in a lot from that. I moved to Los Angeles, because when I was a kid it was like I've got to escape from here, I've got to get out from here. But once I move to Los Angeles I kind of realized the beauty of it all and the importance of the South."
Calvin asks Rod Melancon to educate us on the proper way to pronounce his last name, which has a French pronunciation along the lines of "meh-LAWN-sawn." Rod says, "When I first moved to L.A, I tried to tell people, but I gave up on that, man. I've accepted Melancon, it's not that bad. Once I heard Mojo Nixon say it that way on satellite radio, I knew that was it."
Rod Melancon sets up "South Louisian'." He says, "Before I was born there was this family that lived outside of Kaplan on this road called Hoo Doo road. On weekends there was the boys from the high school would drive in front of their house. They were this poor family that live way outside of town. They'd throw cans in their yard, yell at them, do all kinds of stuff. So one night they decide to do this after a months of doing this and one of the family members was there with a shot gun, So I'll let you put together what happened after that."
[Calvin plays ""South Louisian'" from Parish Lines by Rod Melancon.]
Calvin asks Rod Melancon about when he learned to play guitar. He says, "I moved out there [to Los Angeles] when I was 18. That was in June. When I went home for Christmas, that was when I got a guitar..... Basically what it was was that I didn't have any friends. I didn't know anyone except for a couple of people. I kind of locked myself in and just played for days on end. What I would do is teach myself old Hank Williams songs because there's only about 3 or 4 chords in those. So they were easy to pick up. So I'd learn a new song, gain a new chord, So all together I know about 8 chords.
Calvin asks Rod Melancon about the first original song he ever wrote and performed. He says, "It was this song I wrote for my older brother. He's a single father, working night shifts to help his kids out. That was the first time I tried to write a song, that has a song structure, like a full circle thing, that's the kind of songs I like. So the songs like my brother's raising his kids on his own and that goes on and then the last verse goes and my Daddy, he raised us on his own. That was the first time I started thinking about things like that. I kind of just kept going in that direction with story songs. Cause those are the stories I like and the ending has to pack a certain punch. "
Rod Melancon sets up "Marella." He says, "Basically it's a trailer park love song about a meth smokin' stripper Like she would be the top of the charts as far as the trailer park world would go."
[Calvin plays "Marella" from Parish Lines by Rod Melancon.]
Rod Melancon runs through the band line up. Drummer is Dale Daniel, guitar player and producer is Brian Whelan. Bass player is Ben Riddel, And keys we have my buddy Lee Pardini."
Calvin asks Rod Melancon about the video they did for the song Marella. He says, "oh yeah, jam in the van. That was interesting. Basically my buddy Ben Riddell he goes to the 7-11 and gets these Big Gulp cups and puts ice in them and then pours coffee in them. So I was feelin' kind of tired so I decided to do the same thing. So the video is a little strange as far as my singing and stuff, but it was a good time. I could have done a little better
Rod Melancon sets up "Mad Talkin' Man." He says, "What I was thinking about is stories from my family. A lot of guys in my family were all good men. They were always just pulled a certain direction, a certain way down the road which always led to trouble. No matter how good they tried. I don't know if they were a product of their environment or if it was just in their bloodline, but they always geared toward that side of the road and they always got in trouble."
[Calvin plays "Mad Talkin' Man" from Parish Lines by Ron Melancon.]
Rod Melancon talks about the tour he's planning for later in the year.
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