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"...an artist who deserves to be heard"
-Mary Gauthier

"... beautiful" 
-Nate Dow/Boston Herald

"... Maine's finest songwriter"
-Arthur Wood/Maverick Magazine

 "...expertly nurtured and nuanced"
-The Daily Mirror

"...impressive songs"
-Q Magazine

 "...an album for our times."
-Joe Breen/IrishTimes

"...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"
-Slaid Cleaves

 “...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

 Rod Picott was voted #1 Songwriter of the year for 2011 by the Freeform American            Roots Radio reporters
 Rod Picott was voted #1 Male artist of the year by the FAR Chart reporters.
 Welding Burns was voted the #5 CD release of 2011 by the FAR Chart reporters.
 Rod Picott's 2011 release Welding Burns spent 10 straight weeks on the AMA chart

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A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby

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 were a couple lines in the lyric that sounded…See More
Aug 10, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby

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 were a couple lines in the lyric that sounded…See More
Aug 7, 2013
Rod Picott commented on Kim Ruehl's blog post 'First Listen Reviews: Wild Ponies, Jude Johnstone, New Country Rehab, and Bombadil'
"Wild Ponies will be opening the shows then playing as my band on the Rod Picott's Circus of Misery & Heartbreak European dates this year. This is a strong record and worth seeking out. Also, they are lovely and smart folks. Agreed Kim..."
Jul 17, 2013
A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

My Mouth Shut, My Ears Open

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 but most of that job is completed simply by…See More
Jul 17, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

My Mouth Shut, My Ears Open

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 but most of that job is completed simply by…See More
Jul 14, 2013
A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

Where No One Knows My Name

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 outside producer. The honest answer is that…See More
Jul 12, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

Where No One Knows My Name

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 outside producer. The honest answer is that…See More
Jul 10, 2013
A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

8 Cylinders or 4 Cylinders?

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 assemble…See More
Jun 21, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

8 Cylinders or 4 Cylinders?

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 assemble…See More
Jun 19, 2013
Claudia Nygaard commented on Rod Picott's blog post 'Instant Coffee and Hanging Sheetrock'
"I love reading your blog Rod.  Sometimes it's like reading my own journal.   When I first started touring solo, pre-cell phones, what I loved best about the road was that no one could contact me.  It was just me and the road and…"
Jun 11, 2013
A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

Instant Coffee and Hanging Sheetrock

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of touring?Being on the road is like any other addiction. It gets in your blood and it's hard to shake, and you love it while it drags you slowly down into lesser humanity.Musicians knowingly share and acknowledge the duality of the road life. The cliche's of life "on the road" [as my friend George Wirth likes to say in that voice that simultaneously mocks and celebrates the concept] are cliche's and they're true. It is romantic. It is hard. It is…See More
Jun 7, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

Instant Coffee and Hanging Sheetrock

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of touring?Being on the road is like any other addiction. It gets in your blood and it's hard to shake, and you love it while it drags you slowly down into lesser humanity.Musicians knowingly share and acknowledge the duality of the road life. The cliche's of life "on the road" [as my friend George Wirth likes to say in that voice that simultaneously mocks and celebrates the concept] are cliche's and they're true. It is romantic. It is hard. It is…See More
Jun 5, 2013
A blog post by Rod Picott was featured

When to get your ass saved and when to drown

How does the co-writing song process differ from the alone songwriting process you just wrote about?Co-writing is quite different from writing alone. When I'm working on something alone I have complete freedom. Freedom to experiment, to make mistakes, to try things I'm quite sure won't work and the freedom to reconstruct whatever has come before and rebuild it like a bad water pump. When I'm working on a song with another writer there is the presence of a vigilant audience accepting and denying…See More
May 19, 2013
Lydia Smith commented on Rod Picott's blog post 'When to get your ass saved and when to drown'
"Thanks for sharing this Rod. You just helped me understand why I usually prefer to write solo and prefer most of my friends songs that were not co-writes. Solo written songs feel undiluted- it'sas if you get the full flavor of what the writer…"
May 18, 2013
Simon McDonald commented on Rod Picott's blog post 'When to get your ass saved and when to drown'
"Very interesting post Rod. Thank you for sharing your early draught of Rustbelt Fields. I love this kind of thing, what didn't make it into a song is almost as interesting as what did get over the finishing line. Hope you post more soon."
May 18, 2013
Rod Picott posted a blog post

When to get your ass saved and when to drown

How does the co-writing song process differ from the alone songwriting process you just wrote about?Co-writing is quite different from writing alone. When I'm working on something alone I have complete freedom. Freedom to experiment, to make mistakes, to try things I'm quite sure won't work and the freedom to reconstruct whatever has come before and rebuild it like a bad water pump. When I'm working on a song with another writer there is the presence of a vigilant audience accepting and denying…See More
May 17, 2013

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Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby

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…

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

My Mouth Shut, My Ears Open

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

Where No One Knows My Name

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

8 Cylinders or 4 Cylinders?

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

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