If you were at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, hopefully you got a chance to catch Melissa McClelland. Her third album Victoria Day is being released this month.
From her website:
Melissa and husband/producer Luke Doucet masterfully deliver us rebel-rouser guitars in 1950s Hollywood- style infused with a southern-country twang.
The songs capture all of the beauty and charm of the girl next door while lacing the punch at the sock hop with home-made moonshine.
We know you’ll be fall down drunk in love with it and can’t wait for you to see Melissa perform these songs live — check out her shows in Ontario with Justin Rutledge and shows out west with Jason Plumb.
She’s worked with Randy Newman, Bruce Springsteen, and she used to be backup for Sarah MacLaughlin.
I was really entertained and liked what Uptown Magazine had to say:
This is what Jewel might have become if she hadn’t gone to pop-radio hell. Melissa McClelland is a singer-songwriter at heart – she’s been doing it since she was four years old – but she also isn’t afraid to kick in a little distortion, play with drum loops or experiment with her sound. The result is a mixture of slow, woman-with-guitar tunes and uptempo plugged-in tracks that push the folk/guitar-pop envelope.
Have a listen to one of the song’s from her new album, “Glen Rio” here.