Rod Melancon (from the album Pinkville available on Blue Elan Records)
Rod Melancon chooses a state of mind to erect a town hosting the cast of characters he gives life in the songs on Pinkville. Over the course of four albums, Rod Melancon has used his knack of infusing memories of growing up in South Louisiana with flesh and blood heroes and villains. Pinkville plays home to a Texas tale when thick, rubbery guitar notes trace a line through “Corpus Christi Carwash” as Rod Melancon crosses the tracks to cruise into “Westgate” while its title track materializes when the dust clears on a backroad shack revealing the story of a Viet Nam vet, a ‘man with boots on American soil and his mind in the burning villages of Pinkville’. The fictious Pinkville in the memory namechecks a military nickname for locations in Viet Nam that included the site of the infamous U.S. soldier’s massacre of more than 500 civilians in My Lai.
Lightly picked electric guitar notes greet the dawn as the storyline rises up to hitch a ride on a snaking rhythm for “Rehabilitation” while Pinkville pounds a getaway route into “Cobra” and Rod Melancon hops on board a Tulsa-groove to find a way out of Silver Lake and “Manic Depression”. Staying true to his branded singing storyteller image, Rod Melancon gives a nod to the Petty-ness still sounding loud in his rock’n’roll with “The Heartbreakers” as Pinkville welcomes imports with tunes from Tom Waits (“Goin’ Out West”) and Bruce Springsteen (“57 Channels”).
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