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The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.

Hang Your Hopes On Crooked Nail, produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll] is a collection of carefully crafted songs of rugged truth and beauty. Recorded at Joe Pisapia's [KD Lang, Guster] Middletree Studios in East Nashville the CD highlights Picott's particular gift for exploring complex themes in common language. The eleven songs on Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail offer an unblinking albeit wry gaze into our common heart and a clenched fist of defiance against the trials that tear at our humanity.

 

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Episode #182 of the great Americana Music Show podcast features an interview with Rod Picott and some tracks from the new cd Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail.

NEWS

"Accept Rod Picott for what he is; Americana of the highest order"  

Julian Piper/ Acoustic Magazine

"Gems that finely balance despair, desire and optimism with dexterity" 

Arthur Wood/Maverick Magazine

"Hangdog lyrics and deadpan delivery have the ability to strike a chord with anyone who has a heart." 

Alison Stokes/Country Music People

"The world of Americana music has recognised that Rod is one of the finest singer-songwriters on the scene today. It really is about time that everybody else caught on to that fact." 

The UK tour is booked and finalized. Looking forward to a trip across the deep blue with support guests Wild Ponies. Bringing a small but mighty three piece band we're calling Rod Picott & The Gun Shy Dogs. Netherlands, Germany and Norway dates as well. Check out one of the posters for the UK dates...

 Take a look around. It's easy to navigate - simple as hammer and pretty as a cut nail. There are new tour dates added to the Tour page, new photos on the Photos page and after many requests over the last few years, there is finally a beautiful new Rod Picott's Circus of Misery and Heartbreak T-shirt available. The incredibly soft, high quality T-shirt comes in Guinness Brown and Lonely Blue and is only available right here...READ MORE

Village RecordsMary GauthierSlaid Cleaves, Gurf MorlixSam BakerBob DelevanteAmanda ShiresGreg TrooperAntje DuvekotMeg HutchinsonBrother HenryStephen Simmons and Rod Picott have joined together to release a wonderful compilation

"...an artist who deserves to be heard"

-Mary Gauthier

"... beautiful" 

-Nate Dow/Boston Herald

"... Maine's finest songwriter"