With Nick Thurtell
Friday October 13th 2023
Listening Room @ The Cross Keys, East St, Thame, OX9 3JS
Doors 7.30 pm
“Songs like Raymond Carver short stories” – Houston Chronicle
“Great writing is all about story, and Rod is so damn good at story” – Mary Gauthier
Over twenty-three years, thirteen albums, three published books and thousands of shows Rod Picott has worked; powered by the fuel of the blue-collar world he was born into. Through white knuckled determination Picott has been fortunate to open for Alison Krauss and Union Station, play the Shrewsbury Folk festival, appear several times on the BBC2 Bob Harris sessions, play the Maverick Festival and receive the “Song of the Year” award for his co-write (w/Slaid Cleaves) “Broke Down” at the Austin Music Awards.
Picott’s latest album, tentatively titled ‘A Puncher’s Chance’, was produced by musician and filmmaker Neilson Hubbard (John Prine, Lucinda Williams) ‘A Puncher’s Chance’ features some of Picott’s sharpest writing to date. There is darkness roiling through the collection, but also hope and grace. Picott is a writer who mines the invisible, working-class men and women of the world he comes from and does this with the grace and dignity only someone who knows the splinters of that life first hand can conjure.