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Rod Picott and Amanda Shires in Concert

Presented by Sylvia Rusche

Americana Musicians Rod Picott and Amanda Shires return to The Studio@620 for an evening of live music on Sunday May 27, 2012 as part of the 2012 Independent Music Concert Series presented by The Studio@620 and Sylvia Rusche.

A yankee singer-songwriter and a Texas fiddler might seem an unlikely pairing, but the natural chemistry between Rod Picott and Amanda Shires is undeniable. Rising from the sun-driven plains of West Texas is fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires and from the northern mill towns of New England is Rod Picott.

Both Picott and Shires are currently touring in support of recently released CDs, "Welding Burns" and "Carrying Lightning" respectively. Hear samples of their music here.

Join us for an evening of live music starting with a light buffet from Sofia Forte catering at 7:00 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM
All seats $25

To read a review of their previous 2011 performance at The Studio, click here.


About Rod Picott

Rod Picott is a singer-songwriter whose music incorporates elements of Americana, alt-country, and folk. He grew up in New Hampshire, but relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994. After several years of playing local clubs and supporting such acts as Alison Krauss, he released his first album in 2001.

Rod Picott is back with a beautifully crafted new CD, WELDING BURNS. WELDING BURNS is a fully realized songwriting marvel with characters so vivid the songs play like intimate 3 minute noir movies. Picott's ragged and soulful voice spins songs of loss, desire, rapture and work while pedal steel guitar winds elegantly throughout the album. Welding Burns is an album about scars of the skin and scars of the heart. Three songs; "Welding Burns", "Black T-Shirt" and "Rust Belt Fields" are co-written by Rod's longtime collaborator Slaid Cleaves. This is Picott's seventh cd release including an album of duets with occasional musical duo partner Amanda Shires.

Rod Picott was voted #1 Songwriter of the year for 2011 by the Freeform American Roots Radio reporters. Watch videos of some of his songs here.


About Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires is an American singer and violin player who began playing fiddle at age 16 with The Texas Playboys, an auspicious start that testifies to her natural talent and soulful delivery. . She has performed as a member Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, as well as in a duo with Rod Picott, and has released three solo albums. In 2007 she was the number one selling act for respected internet retailer Miles of Music and in 2008 one of Amanda's compositions was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. She says of her new album "Carrying Lightning": “I guess the theme of the record as a whole is just, ‘get wrecked in love — and be loved,” says Shires. “Or, to steal a quote from Sylvia Plath: ‘Wear your heart on your skin in this life.’ That’s my platform.” See videos from some of her songs here.

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