"...an artist who deserves to be heard"
-Nate Dow/Boston Herald
"... Maine's finest songwriter"
-Arthur Wood/Maverick Magazine
"...expertly nurtured and nuanced"
-The Daily Mirror
"...an album for our times."
"...everything Picott touches turns to gold here."
-Jason MacNeil/Country Standard Time
"...a striking collection of songs"
-Jay N Miller/The Patriot Ledger
"...Beautiful and heartbreaking songs-one of the best on the Americana and folk scene"
“...If you're a fan of great songwriting, you're a fan of Rod Picott. Simple as that."
-Brian Koppelman [Director/Screenwriter -Oceans Thirteen, Solitary Man, Rounders]
"...major major talent"
-Robert Oerrman Music Row Magazine
Q. How old were you when music became important? What songs and performers had resonance?
A. I was about 7 or 8 years old when I started having an emotional response to songs. I remember hearing "Don't pull your love out on me baby" on WTSN, the local am radio station and becoming emotional. There was something about the pleading sound of the vocal that really moved me. I was surprised at my own response. I was just a little kid of course but there…Continue
Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:00pm
Q: When cutting a record in the studio and you have other musicians playing with you, do you walk in with all of those other parts already written/ prepared?
A: No, for the most part I just play the song to the players in the control room right before we record it. This is one of my favorite parts of the process. Hearing what great players come up with on the spot is a wonderful experience. Songs will vary in how specific I'll be in terms of guidance…Continue
Posted on July 14, 2013 at 2:00pm
Q. Can you talk about the role of recording engineers when you are recording an album? Do they end up having a large role to play in the final sound? I think that also I am trying to get to something about recognizing that no artist, even ‘solo’ artists, create or exist or perform in a void…
A. This is true. I've done a few interviews lately and one of the questions that resurfaces is the concept of how this new recording project was different with an…Continue
Posted on July 10, 2013 at 4:30am
Do you ever write a song that is more or less just ‘there’ on an album, with the other ones that you think of as stronger—but then it takes on a life of its own and winds up playing a much larger role in your life than you ever expected?
Yes, this does happen, as does the converse. I have an unblemished record of failure when it comes to picking the songs from my albums that will resonate with an audience. I say this only half jokingly. Part of what makes this a complicated puzzle to…Continue
Posted on June 19, 2013 at 8:30pm