Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

Burgi's Roundhouse hosted the stunning Happy Valley double-bill of Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats and Tyne and the Fastlyne last month. Sharing the same rhythm section of drummer Jack Wilkinson and bassist John “JK” Kennedy, both bands kept the evening fresh by alternating their sets back and forth. Featuring former Queen Bee & the Blue Hornet Band alumni Mark Ross on guitar and Jack on drums, along with John on bass and keyboardist / accordionist Rev. James Harton; the Valley Rats provided the smooth and grooving backdrops for new singing sensation Melanie Morrison. “Miss Melanie” displayed a rich, hearty, sultry and soulful voice over the Valley Rats' wide variety of blues originals and classics. Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats performed songs off their debut CD, Slow Down such as the Texas swing-toned “On Time,” the sullen “A Scorned Woman's Blues,” Rosco Gordon's “Just A Little Bit” and more. Both Melanie and the group showed the knack for turning up the heat on rowdier numbers, and toning it down for quieter and gentler tones.

  • Pennsylvania Musician
    Jim Price
    October 2011