Steelworker Turned Singer-Songwriter Gets Music Featured TV Series

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When the steel mill's bankruptcy cost him his pension benefits Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) turned to solace in his guitar. Turning the unfortunate circumstances into an opportunity to follow his passion he made a career change and began penning songs for his debut CD, Far From Home. Now two of his songs are featured in the soundtrack of Roadtrip Nation, a TV Series airing nationally on PBS. Catch the episode (#9) with Angelo M.'s song Thirty Years this week on PBS.

When the steel mill he worked at for decades went bankrupt costing him his pension benefits and chance to retire, Angelo Melasecca decided it was time to follow his heart. So, he laid down his hardhat, picked up his guitar and used the nasty blow of fate as motivation for a career change; from steelworker to performing songwriter. And that was literally "music to their ears" for Roadtrip Nation's producers who found two of Melasecca's songs a perfect fit for their TV Series, currently airing nationally on PBS. The show chronicles the cross county trips of college students as they interview self-made individuals in an effort to find their own calling. Melasecca who shortened his name to Angelo M. for the stage is book ending the television debut of his song, "Thirty Years" in this weeks episode (#9) of Roadtrip Nation ( or local listings for airtimes) with two notable gigs: 8:30 pm October 25 at the Soul of the Blues Concert Series in NYC, Cornelia Street Café and 8:00 pm November 3, at Pennsylvania's famous Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem.

Reviewers are hailing him a "Brilliant Guitarist" with an "Excellent Voice" and calling his performance "Powerful", but not long ago this gifted musician could be found working toward his thirty year pension in a steel mill. That was until 2003 when the steel company dissolved in bankruptcy leaving him six months short of retirement eligibility; he had 29.5 years of service. Like many steelworkers in similar positions, Melasecca now has to wait nearly two decades before collecting a pension that will likely be a compromised version of the original. With retirement pulled out from under him, this accomplished finger-style and slide guitarist turned to music to sustain him. His song, "Thirty Years" expresses the circumstance best: "Now I'm not too young, but I'm not too old, and things didn't work out like I was told, I'm gonna take another chance, gonna make a new start for the next thirty years I'm gonna follow my heart…And if it's not too late, I'm gonna play my song, why did I wait thirty years too long?"

Thirty Years" is actually one of my favorite songs on the RTN soundtrack this year", Says RTN music supervisor, Blake Hodges. Hodges continues, "Roadtrip Nation is not just a television show, website, etc, but a movement with an entire life-on-the-road, forward thinking, grassroots culture behind it. We stick behind these values and incorporate them into everything we do and produce. The reason Angelo M.'s song "Thirty Years" is not only in our PBS series, but the RTN soundtrack as well is because of how well it fits in to that culture. When I hear a song that I know I could listen to cruisin' down I-40 in a big green RV, I know it's the right song for RTN". Also featured in another RTN episode is the title track of Angelo M.'s debut CD, Far From Home; a road song written on his own cross country adventure shortly after leaving the steel mill.

In keeping with the shows independent spirit RTN only uses music from independent artist and this year the show received a record number of submissions. Though previous seasons of RTN boast music from a list of name artist such as Jack Johnson and Sufjan Stevens those names at the time were as unfamiliar to most people as Angelo M.'s name now seems. And name recognition is something that's bound to grow for Angelo M. as more ears hear his eclectic roots mix that draws influences from Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Ry Cooder and Duane Allman. In addition to hitting primetime TV, Angelo M.'s songs, "Thirty Years" & "Far From Home" are getting FM airplay and "Thirty Years" won an Honorable Mention in the prestigious 2006 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. For more on Angelo M. please visit his website and coming soon to For more on RTN please visit and

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