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Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos - Papa Mojo's Roadhouse

Papa Mojo's Roadhouse

Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos

LRHR -1166

Louisiana Red Hot Records
P.O. Box 53273
New Orleans, LA 70153-3273

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Mel Melton, the North Carolina native, has been cookin' up the hot stuff, both on the stage with his vocals and harmonica, and in the kitchen, in Louisiana for a better than three decades now, and he's just getting better. When he first came down to the Lafayette area he and Sonny Landreth put together a band and he later played on Sonny's first CD, "Blues Attack." This singer, harmonica and rubboard player, and chef has continued to grow and learn his crafts that is getting him noticed and for all the right reasons.

On this, his third disc and first for Louisiana Red Hot Records, Melton has a smoking affair in which he has enlisted the help of some of his friends. He enlisted Sonny Landreth to add some of his signature style flaming slide guitar on Ils Sont Parti. Johnny Garcia from Trisha Yearwood's band contributes his slide guitar attack to Zydeco Razzle, which opens the disc. Melton wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on the disc, and his singing has only gotten more powerful with the passage of time. His timing and inflection has aged as well as a fine wine and gives his music that added pop that an experienced singer can bring. The variety of music he covers is expanding beyond just Zydeco, to include Cajun, swamp rock, and roadhouse songs, all of which he covers with equal verve and zeal.

Track List:

  • Zydeco Razzle
  • Papa Mojo
  • Juke Joints & Honkytonks
  • Missing You Baby
  • Ils Sont Parti
  • Funky Nola
  • Pray For Day
  • Mama Mamou
  • What I Say
  • Bunkie Boogie
  • Song For Laurel (Lagniappe)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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