Driving down I-10, roll down the windows as you cross the Atchafalaya Basin and listen to the rhythms of the road mixed with the natural melodies of the swamp and soul of the muddy muddy smell of the Lousiana waterways. Those beautiful rich sights and sounds are melded into the local Zydeco music, just like those of the neighboring Delta Blues. Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojo’s new album PaPa Mojo’s Roadhouse is a great new example of Southern Zydeco and Blues fusion. So why is the Hungry Southerner interested? Mel Melton is also a great Southern Chef who infuses the spirit of his music into his Creole cuisine.
Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is the symphonic equivalent of a great pot Louisiana gumbo. There is a little bit of everything good from the South in there. Listening to the sounds of the guitar lines, the heavy harmonica riffs, washboard strumming and Mel’s vocals leading along, you almost could see Mel Meton and the Wicked Mojos all in the kitchen cooking something on the menu. Still not convinced this is legit food post, well how about track 10 – What’d I Say, with the chorus singing all about muffalettas. This is the music I’ve listened to for years at every backyard Crawfish boil, and Southern Louisiana food festival. Executed with the charm of a Southern Chef.
For all you food lovers the CD has tons of extras including interviews and several great recipes. It was fun to find the computer bonus features included on each disc. I can’t wait to try the recipe for Mel’s Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Sauce and Chantilly Cream, it looks delicious. We love supporting Southerners especially those that are preserving the Southern art of regional food and music. “Roadhouse” will be released on August 31 available at your retailers and www.naxos.com . If you get through Durham,NC stop in and get some creole food and be sure to have a listen to the Zydeco singing Chef Mel Melton at Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse. Leave us a comment telling us your favorite Creole or Cajun dish and we’ll draw five winners for free copies of Roadhouse! Stay Hungry Y’all!
WINNERS ARE: Tim The Cheese Man, Mary at Deep South Dish, Kim, DAM, BAILEY ! Thanks for all the great comments guys!
-The Hungry Southerner
Note: Thanks to the folks at Parma Recordings for telling us about Mel Melton and his great Southern story and sending us a copy to get to experience his wonderful music. As a thank you to the readers of The Hungry Southerner, for supporting Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, Parma Recordings has kindly donated 5 free albums for us to give away to you guys. Thanks Y’all!