Founded in 1994 at South Carolina's Clemson University, Cravin' Melon formed from the remnants of two other popular local bands -- vocalist Doug Jones and bassist J.J. Bowers previously teamed as the duo Doghouse, while guitarist Jimbo Chapman and drummer Rick Reames were both alumni of the Next Move. Quickly emerging as one of the southeast's most popular live attractions, Cravin' Melon soon issued a self-titled five-song demo EP which sold out after only a handful of live appearances; the full-length Where I Wanna Be followed in early 1995, and was a major hit on local radio. After signing to Mercury, in 1997 Cravin' Melon released their major label debut Red Clay Harvest; recorded with new bassist/vocalist Rob Clay, the live EP Squeeze Me followed in 1998. The group resurfaced two years later with The Great Procrastinator.
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