Cravin' Melon

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Cravin' Melon
Origin Clemson, South Carolina
Genres Rock
Roots rock
Folk rock
Years active 1994–2001; 2008–Present
Labels Seedless Records
Mercury Records

Cravin' Melon is a rock band based out of Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

History[edit]

Cravin' Melon was formed at Clemson University in 1994 after the dissolution of two other local South Carolina bands, Doghouse and The Next Move.[1] The band gained popularity on the regional live scene, and after a self-pressed EP and full-length, they signed to Mercury Records and released Red Clay Harvest, in 1997. The album spawned a minor radio hit, "Come Undone", which peaked at #37 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.[2] The band's style and geographical roots prompted frequent comparisons to contemporaries and tourmates Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain.[3] After a 1998 EP, the band was dropped from the label and recorded a final LP in 2000 before breaking up on May 19, 2001; a double live CD of one of their last performances was subsequently released.[4] The band reunited in 2008 for a reunion tour that went very well. They are continuing to do shows in 2010. Lead singer Doug Jones released a solo album in 2007 Doug Jones Everybody Doug Jones. At their December 26, 2009 concert at the Wild Wing Cafe in Greenville, SC, the band announced plans to make a new album in the near future. The band has recently regained some of its past regional popularity, headlining several events including the 2010 Rock Hill, SC 4 July Festival, the 2010 and 2011 Virginia Cantaloupe Festival. Headlined the City of Greer Freedom Blast event in 2009.

Members[edit]

  • Doug Jones – Vocals
  • J. J. Bowers – Bass
  • Jimbo Chapman – Guitar
  • Rick Reames – Drums
  • Rob Clay – Bass/Vocals
  • Gary Greene – Drums
  • Chad Barger – Keyboards

Discography[edit]

  • Cravin' Melon EP (1995)
  • Where I Wanna Be (Seedless, 1995)
  • Red Clay Harvest (Mercury, 1997) #18 Billboard Heatseekers chart[5]
  • Squeeze Me (live EP, Mercury, 1998)
  • The Great Procrastinator (Seedless, 2000)
  • Cat's Cradle (2xlive LP, 2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cravin' Melon Allmusic
  2. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic
  3. ^ Big Sky to bring rare rock diversity to USC. The Daily Gamecock, December 5, 2001. Accessed February 18, 2007.
  4. ^ The Melonpatch. Accessed February 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Billboard, at Allmusic

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