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Rod Picott in Concert

Presented by Sylvia Rusche

The Studio@620 and Sylvia Rusche announce the return of singer/songwriter Rod Picott, who "delivers some of the most hard-hitting, eloquent, authentic depictions of blue collar life to be heard in the USA today. I put him up there with the best of  Springsteen, Steve Earle and Woody Guthrie." ---Slaid Cleaves.

"Rod Picott's world weary songs glow with both self awareness and humility. The truth of who we are is slippery, hard to contain, and most people have very little interest in it. Nonetheless, it is the work of an artist to find that truth and show it to us in ways that will see it. Welding Burns, Rod's new collection of songs, is a fine example of an artist doing just that.  The songs on this record reflect the realities of the time we live in, and they contain hard truths. The songs are both beautiful and disturbing, and are the work of an artist who deserves to be heard. I hope he sells a million copies." ---Mary Gauthier

Picott's latest album, Welding Burns, has reached #1 on the Freeform American Roots and #36 on the Americana Associations music charts. Don't miss his live performance on Saturday August 6 in the intimate setting of The Studio@620.

Showtime 8:00 PM. General Admission $20, Students and seniors $15. Includes heavy h'ordeuvres before the show!


About Rod Picott

A former construction worker and sheetrock hanger from the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, Rod Picott was exposed to an eclectic mix of music growing up. His father, a former marine, owned a record collection that spanned from the marches of John Philip Sousa to the rhythm and blues of Ray Charles. His older brother, an avid record collector, introduced Rod to the punk poetry of Patti Smith and THe Clash along with more mainstream acts like The Beatles and Neil Young. Throughout his late teens and early twenties Picott paid his dues bumping around the raucous and thriving local music scene that ran from Boston, MA north to Portland, ME.

After a few years in busking on the streets and studying song craft in Boulder, CO 1994 saw a move to Nashville, TN. Picott quickly established himself as one of the sharper penned new writers in town while hosting a weekly showcase called Rod Picott's Fireside Whiskey Hour. Two years later Picott was invited to be the opening act for Alison Krauss and Union Station on the western swing of their 1997 tour. In 2001 Rod Picott's co-written "Broke Down" (released on Rounder Records by Slaid Cleaves) became the most played song on Americana radio and was awarded the song of the year award at the Austin Music Awards. Broke Down was featured in the Brian Koppelman written and directed film "Solitary Man" starring Michael Douglas in 2010.

Picott is known for his narrative melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling.

Photo Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

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