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Mojo Dream

by Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos

Cajun/Creole blues, swamp pop, zydeco harmonica, South Side Chicago blues, & a little rock and roll -- it's original MOJO MUSIC.
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1. Wicked
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2. RJ's Boogie
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3. Two-Legged Spider
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4. Cookie Boy
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5. Lake Charles Girl
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6. Pedal to the Metal
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7. Sitting in the Dark
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8. Mojo Party
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9. River of Blues
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10. Drivin' Me Insane
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11. That's Alright
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12. Grand Texas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mel Melton is already a fixture in the Louisiana pantheon of music heroes for his collaboration with buddy Sonny Landreth in writing one of the great songs of the modern era, "Congo Square." Add to that the fact that Melton is also the only sure-enough zydeco harmonica player on the planet, and you have reason enough to be excited about the music on Mojo Dream.
It's is an album of what Mel Melton calls Mojo Music. It's the sum of Melton's musical sojourn through time and America. Melton was born and bred in North Carolina, but in his life's journey, he's lived in the Cajun/Creole country of Southwest Louisiana, where he immersed himself in the region's culture becoming fluent in Cajun French and the region's musical idiom. He played in a number of Louisiana bands, including Bayou Rhythm along with slide guitar superstar Sonny Landreth and C.J. Chenier, and the Shag Street Band with Landreth and Paul Black. He was also a sideman in Zachary Richard's band. He played on occasion with most of the major zydeco figures including Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Rockin' Dopsie.
From Louisiana Melton moved to Austin, Texas, where Texas blues and the Austin music scene of the 1970's heavily influenced him. Then he moved on to Chicago where he operated a Cajun restaurant and gigged with musicians passing through the city from Louisiana.
He's now cranking out his brand of music, Mojo Music. It's an amalgam of American music that's totally original.


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Nancy Orr

Love this band!
Love this album - the cajun zydeco rhythm, nice instrumentals, dance beat - I've been playing it over and over.

Jerome Edwards, Blues Revue

Melton’s harp simmers, bubbles, pops and spurts like a pot of steaming gumbo
With an unorthodox zydeco harp style and a flare for adding flavor to everything he prepares, Melton is a true original. His sharp, amazingly refined harp sound is incomparable to any other player’s. Melton’s harp simmers, bubbles, pops and spurts like a pot of steaming gumbo. And in each spoonful it’s easy to pick out distinct flavors of blues, zydeco, Cajun, jazz and funk. Harmonica enthusiasts, Cajun music fans and zydeco lovers should seek out Mojo Dream.

Blues Access

Good singin’, good playin’, good disc!
World’s foremost zydeco harmonica man delivers an appealing high-energy romp through the swamp spiced with some South Side Chicago blues. Addition of guest star C.J. Chenier puts this one over the top. Good singin’, good playin’, good disc!

Paul Lewis, BLUEprint

An appetising stew, a great party record!
Melton, who partnered with Sonny Landreth in Bayou Rhythm throughout the early ’80s, has much of the same souped-up zydeco feel to his session as we have come to expect from Sonny’s own recordings. Landreth is one of several experts willing to testify to Melton’s talents on the CD sleeve, and the personable presence of C.J. Chenier and rubboard master Clifford Alexander is evidence enough of his standing in the world of La La music. We’re treated to New Orleans “fonk,” country soul, post T-birds blues and roadhouse rock. It’s an appetising stew, a great party record, one that is certainly worth getting, particularly if your tastes are broadly based but defiantly Southern in orientation.

Big Daddy Bluzharp

6 1/2 on a scale of 5!
Good-God-A-Mighty, this is a 6 1/2 HARP SALUTE CD on a 5 scale! It is off the meter, people! From the opening intro Mel starts chewing on that low harp and making it talk like he is at the Crossroads and calling to the devil to let him know that he already plays good enough and that he does not need him. Go on with your bad self, Mel, you are one harmonica playing mother-fo. And Mel shows you that he is as good on the chromatic as he is on the diatonic harmonica. He and his band have progressed to the next level. They are world class. He has an attack on harp that I am unable to find a comparison to. Believe it or not, he sounds like a cross between Rod Piazza and William Clarke. Simply awe inspiring. Mel and the band can go from boogie and blues to a laid back Cajun tune without skipping a beat. What a versatile group. And when Mel is joined by those horns and big organ, hell, they can stand toe to toe with anyone in the world, period. Another thing that I like about this CD is the various tones and sounds that Mel gets from the harp in different tunes. This CD is bound to please lovers of blues, boogie, Cajun, slow blues, and everything in between. This CD gets my personal seal of approval, and I guarantee that you will have this in your CD player more than anything in your collection for a long time to come.

Patrick O'Donnell, Blues On Stage

Melds music like the ingredients in a good gumbo
There’s no doubt Melton’s forged his own style out of his musical wanderings, and Mojo Dream acts as the perfect showcase for his many influences. From the electric Chicago blues of “Pedal to the Metal” to the Texas-style blues of “Sittin’ in the Dark,” Melton melds music like the ingredients in a good gumbo: each one keeps a bit of its own flavor, but still absorbs and compliments the flavors of everything else around it. You’ll hear plenty of zydeco. But listen a bit more, and you’ll get a taste of Cajun, jazz, blues, pop and rock, too. And something beyond the sum of each.

Soupy, Magic City Blues News

Mel Melton has his mojo cooking
Do you like Blues? Do you like Cajun? How about Blues and Cajun mixed together with a dash of New Orleans funk and a pinch of R&B for flavor? Well, OK then. Mel Melton has his mojo cooking on this release from Nightfly: Mojo Dream. Mel calls it mojo music; I call it music to dance to, even when you have two left feet like I do. My feet are moving while I’m writing, so I guess I’ve been “Mojoed.” I could go on and on about every song on the disc – go get it, cuz this one’s definitely a five star treat.

Grant Britt, A&E Independent Reader

Pumping and humping the music like a bayou homeboy
Cajun chef and harmonica cooker Mel Melton keeps on raising the bar with his blend of Louisiana roots music and blues. Melton can play the harp like an accordion, pumping and humping the music like a bayou homeboy, or drag it out low and slow like the best of the Chicago bluesmen. Whether sweatin’ over a boiling cauldron of gumbo or a hot harp, Mel Melton is truly the cookie boy, whomping up a heaping handful of mojo for the masses.

Andy Grigg, Real Blues

A real tasty treat that can’t be beat!
The combination of talent, great tunes, and top production make this CD a rare treat that one experiences so infrequently these days. This is America’s music: roots music that draws on the greatest of genres. Mel blows his face off over a zydeco relentless rhythm as he slips into “RJ’s Boogie;” then it’s lowdown blues time with “Two Legged Spider.” Great stuff! The zydeco rocker “Cookie Boy” which features C.J. Chenier (son of Clifton Chenier) on accordion is a real infectious ditty with fun time lyrics and beat. Not only is Melton a master of the harmonica, he is also a fine vocalist and songwriter. The best music in North America comes from small independent “labour of love” labels such as Nightfly. This is a perfect example that needs to be on top of everyone’s list. 5 stars for a real tasty treat that can’t be beat.

Mr. Richard Flaherty

You Like this Band!
Good music. Even if you DON'T like Zydeco/Cajun you will like THIS band. Give'm a try. #4 Cookie Boy is nice.
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