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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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Recent News

Year End Note- 2014 was a wonderful year for Rod Picott’s Circus of Misery and Heartbreak. Here are a fistful of highlights from the many…

Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail reached #22 on the Americana Music Association Airplay Chart and nestled in the top 40 for 8 weeks making it one of the 100 most played albums of the year. 

Novelist Nicholson Baker [Vox, The Anthologist, House Of Holes] sent an email and invited me to eat a sandwich with him sometime. This is the best email I’ve ever received. 

The Broken Jukebox website named Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail the #5 album of 2014. 

In NYC I parked in an illegal spot for several hours while playing a show and didn’t get a ticket.

Australian DJ Colin Fielding named Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail the #1 album of the year for his radio program “Far & Away”. 

I played a house concert in the house where I grew up in South Berwick Maine. It was much better than the show I played to myself in the bedroom mirror when I was 13 pretending my tennis racket was a guitar. What a relief.

BBC Radio legend Bob Harris played “Milkweed on his BBC Country program in October. Bob has one of the great radio voices ever and it’s a thrill to hear him say your name. He once hollered to me across the lobby of a hotel in Nashville and I thought either God or James Earl Jones was calling to me. 

“Trouble Girl” from 2007’s Summerbirds cd was featured in the season ending episode of the television show Justified

Now back to work…

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"