ANGELO M. BIOGRAPHY:
"A Real Crowd Pleaser!
Angelo M. went immediately to our 'Bring Back for a Return Vist' list."
Grady Ormsby - Booking Manager, Down East FolkArts Society
“Angelo M. made our jaws drop when he sat down and blistered the frets…”
Acoustic Live – Richard Cuccaro.
After a mill bankruptcy that cost him his pension, Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) made the unlikely transition from steelworker to touring artist and hasn’t looked back. He’s an award winning Americana songwriter and master finger style & slide guitarist with a blues bent in the vein of Chris Smither, Keb Mo and Lucinda Williams. With guitar influences from the likes of Ry Cooder, Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Leo Kottke, reviews hail Angelo M. a “Brilliant Guitarist” with an “Excellent Voice” and call his performance “Powerful”. After two successful self released albums this roots enriched folk artist got Nashville's attention signing a recording contract with Music City Veterans in mid 2011. Angelo M.’s 2012 debut label release "From Steel to Strings” features 16 original tracks that showcase Angelo and all his assets.
He's a humble blue collar man who spent years at a day job in a Pennsylvania steel mill before shifting careers, but there’s nothing understated about the talent of this bluesy virtuoso finger style player and award winning songwriter. Armed with a six string, Dobro, mandolin & harp, he’s down and dirty, no holds barred – an authentic link in the roots-Americana chain as a singer, player and songwriter. With authenticity at the core of Angelo’s writing and performances; his songs, autobiographical at times, are soulfully sung and seasoned with experience and retrospection. “I can relate to the reflection / regret, in this story... Man, the total of the lyric, singing and playing sound as real as Mississippi red clay.... Fantastic guitar solo! – Taxi.
A favorite at festivals, Angelo M. received a standing ovation at the Johnstown (PA) Folk Fest, was deemed “One of the Highlights” at the Kalamazoo (MI) Blues Festival and was selected from over five hundred artists to perform at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) Emerging Artist Showcase. Also a hit at more intimate style Listening Room venues…Angelo M.’s been honored with several standing ovations while on tour around the country including: Artichoke Music in Portland(
OR), Tidewater Friends of Folk Concert Series (VA), Down East Folk Arts Society (NC) and at The Hard Luck Café (NY). Angelo M.’s music is featured in the PBS Television series, RoadTrip Nation, is slated for an indie film soundtrack and, garnered songwriting honors in the prestigious “Mountain Stage” NewSong contest, Billboards World Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Angelo has shared bills with many talented musicians including: Roger Mcguinn, John Sebastian, Dar Williams, Chris Smither, Shemekia Copeland, Cephas & Wigging, Peter Mulvey and more. And whether it’s his intricate finger style on the acoustic guitar, some searing slide work on his Dobro, or the high and lonesome strains of his mandolin, you’ll be sure to enjoy this gifted artist who is just beginning to hit his stride.