Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

The first was Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats. I caught their first set at Zeno's about a month ago and was thoroughly impressed so I wanted to see them again. If you've been around the area for awhile, you may remember Queen Bee & the Blue Hornet Band. Mark and Jack Wilkinson were members of that band and they are also the guitarist and drummer, respectively, for Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats. It's hard to put words on paper on just how powerful lead vocalist Melanie Morrison's voice is. She can belt out the blues with a fervor that will send chills down your spine. If you get the chance, go see this band, you won't be disappointed. During their set, Miss Melanie made reference to the fact that Mark Ross “rescued her from karaoke obscurity.” If Ross heard her at a karaoke night, and formed the band around her, he made an incredible discovery. They also have a new CD out entitled, Slow Down .

  • The Gazette
    Don Bedell
    July 22, 2011