Rod Melancon Song Licensed for Toyota Commercial

Rod Melancon’s “Wanna Go For A Ride” from his Medina River Records release PARISH LINES (available at Amazon) has been licensed for use in Toyota’s new 2019 Corolla Hatchback commercial! We’re pretty excited about that. Congratulations to Rod!

Rod Melancon Releases New EP

Rod Melancon LA 14As you may have heard, Rod Melancon moved to a new label, Blue Élan, last year. We were sorry to lose him, but it was the right move for Rod, and we are happy to report that he’s still making great music!

Brian Whelan is still working with Rod as his producer, and the new EP, LA 14, is pretty rockin’, while leaning more toward Rod’s country roots. Rod’s songwriting remains strong on LA 14, still haunting, still swampy.

We truly wish Rod the best of luck with his new EP, LA 14. You should give it a listen. The full album is scheduled for release later this year.

Check out the first official video from LA 14.

The Far West to perform at Northern Rockies Music Festival

The Far West Medina River RecordsMedina River Records Recording artist The Far West has been selected to perform at the Northern Rockies Music Festival on August 1, 2014. Active since 1977, the Northern Rockies Music Festival is held annually at Hop Point Park in Hailey, Idaho. From its beginnings as a Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities event, the festival has grown into an independent two-day show packed with talent selected from the Wood River Valley, as well as from regional and national music scenes.

The Far West will play on the festival’s first day, going on just before the critically and popularly acclaimed Oklahoma band The Damn Quails.

Festivals are great because they usually treat the bands very well,” says The Far West’s Lee Briante. “These types of things are very organized, and from the moment you show up every detail has been taken care of. It’s great exposure to big crowds and new sets of ears. It’s also a chance to meet bands that work in the same genre and see some new music ourselves.”

In addition to the festival, The Far West will embark on an east coast tour in September.

“It will be great to get East for the first time [as a band],” Briante says. “I’m from New York so a few of these gigs should have a hometown kinda feel for me. It will be great to make some new fans in east coast cities.”

Check The Far West’s website for more information about their upcoming shows.