Cravin' Melon

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Cravin' Melon
OriginClemson, South Carolina
GenresRock
Roots rock
Folk rock
Years active1994–2001; 2008–Present
LabelsSeedless Records
Mercury Records
Solaris Entertainment

Cravin' Melon is a rock band based out of Clemson, South Carolina, United States. The band is composed of Doug Jones (lead vocals, guitar), Jimbo Chapman (lead guitar, vocals), Rob Clay (bass, vocals), Gary Greene (drums, vocals), Chad Barger (keyboards, vocals).

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. March 18, 2019, Jimbo Chapman and Doug Jones just announced that Cravin' Melon was just signed to Solaris Entertainment, A Sony Indie Label with offices in San Diego, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Myrtle Beach. They are booked into the 10 hour anti-bullying music event "LINE IN THE SAND" taking place June 22, 2019 at The Citadel inside the Johnson Hagood Football Stadium. Michael Bloom, CEO Solaris Entertainment said "June 22 is going to be a catapult for Cravin' Melon and every other artist in our line-up. Cravin' Melon is performing just before Jewel, and Dwight Yoakam close the show" He went on to say, "As far as I'm concerned Cravin' Melon is one of 4 Headliners slated to perform along with 8 other emerging artists and this is only the beginning for Jimbo and Doug. You will be hearing from them a lot in the coming months".

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cravin' Melon Allmusic
  2. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic
  3. ^ Big Sky to bring rare rock diversity to USC. Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine The Daily Gamecock, December 5, 2001. Accessed February 18, 2007.
  4. ^ The Melonpatch. Archived 2012-09-19 at archive.today Accessed February 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Billboard, at Allmusic

External links[edit]

  • "Cravin' Melon Showcase". Local Music Scene South Carolina.
  • Cravin Melon's MySpace page
  • The Melonpatch at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2007-10-07)