Double shot of Americana
Rod Melancon and Chris Pickering share the bill at Coffee Gallery
By John Sollenberger 04/12/2012
Altadena’s Coffee Gallery Backstage offers a double billing of Americana Sunday, when singer/
songwriters Rod Melancon (pictured) and Chris Pickering take to the stage for a matinee show.
Australia native Pickering has made a name for himself overseas and stateside with his multi-instrumental virtuosity. The guitarist, drummer and harmonica player has bridged the gap of pop, rock, country, bluegrass, folk, blues and more, making a sound all his own. Now residing in Nashville, his music boasts ear-pleasing melodies and great lyrics. His latest disc is “Work of Fiction.”
Check him out at chrispickering.net.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Melancon hailed from southern Louisiana, in the shadow of Angola State Prison. Now transplanted to LA, his native roots and stories from his family inform his sound.
Melancon represents a new generation of Americana, influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle, while at the same time saluting the masters of the past, like Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings.
He’s been gaining critical acclaim locally, and his soon-to-be released CD is “My Family Name.”
Visit rodmelancon.com for the full story.
Music starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $15. Call (626) 798-6236.