Joel Melton

Joel Melton


Everything from down home country to roots rock, Joel Melton delivers. Reminds the listener of a refreshing blend of Lyle Lovett, Stever Earle, and Delbert Mc/Clinton... yet totally original at the same time.


Joel Melton writes for anyone and everyone. He draws audiences into the lives and experiences of his character driven story songs with 24-carat talent. Joel's crystal clear acoustic picking and harmonic melody lines provide the perfect background for his masterfully crafted story songs, and his soulful vocals can pack a growl - adding to his charismatic appeal which captivates any audience.

Joel's performances have been captured in some of the country's most highly regarded listening rooms like Nashville's Bluebird Cafe' and Tootsie's, Texas' Cactus Cafe' and Son's of Herman Hall, and Oklahoma's Blue Door.

Joel has perrformed with premier national artists Ian Moore, Ray Wyle Hubbard, Jimmy LaFave, Michael Fracasso, Kevin Welch, Terri Hendrix and Vince Gill. In January 2004 Joel was presented as showcase artist at the annual "Windows on Texas", a music extravangaza featuring some of Texas' best emerging talent.

Melton's productions catalog is comprised of six albums with a seventh now in production. Joel's song Bessie Begins to play from his "Little Max" CD held the # 6 spot on Mp3's top 40 for a full month after its release, and the Emmy nominated series "Tale Lights" lisenced three of his songs for use on their programs one of which aired May 3, 2000 on the Bravo Cable Network. Melton's "John Bricker's Journey" album showed up at the #20 spot on San Antonio's 3rd Coast Magazine's Freeform American roots Chart Summer of 2003. In April 2004. Killeen, Texas PBS station, KNCT TV, featured Never Surrender from the same album on a special bradcast from Fort Hood during a celebration for returning soldiers from Iraq in April, 2004.

Joel Melton recently moved to Texas and began his second decade of writing, producing and performing his music. And, he just keeps getting better and better and better.


Elvid Land - 1995
Last Love Letter - 1998
Little Max - 1999
Spike - 2001
Pictures - 2002
John Bricker's Journey - 2003

Set List

Joel Melton's captivating live performances satisfy the most diverse audience. Each show is power-packed with catchy original songs ranging form edgy, rowdy roadhouse rants to touching sentimental ballads. Joel is comfortable presenting his music through a variety of one to four hour settings. From intimate solo performance to "balls-to-the wall" rockin' band shows, Melton really delievers. Whether called Americana, Roots or Country Rock, Joel answers the call of the singer/songwriter muse.... and sometimes talks back.

Original Song List:
Round Here
If Jesus Had've Been From Texas
Bessies Begins To Play
Leroy In Valle Hermoso
Brazos River
Shephards General Store
Sweet Marie
Like This Girl
Little Max
Baby I like You
Crazy Stupid Bitch
Kamikazee Blues
The River Road
I Like My Women

Joel rarely includes covers in a performance. Should one or two appear, his repertoire includes Towne Van Zant, John Prine, Beetles.