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Rod Picott


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Rod Picott (born November 3, 1964) is an American 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, Picott released his first album in 2001. By 2008, he had released five studio albums and one live recording.

Growing up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, Picott was exposed to a surprising mix of music. 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, finishing the groundwork of influences that Rod would draw from later in his own music. Through his teens and early twenties Picott payed 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 Boulder, Colorado busking on the streets and studying song craft with hit songwriter Stephen Allen Davis, 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.


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  • Gees_AltCountry

    A Music Video for the new single "Little Scar" from the forthcoming album "Welding Burns" is already available on YouTube. The new CD will be available June 7th, 2011 from Welding Rod Records.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Paramo_Femalo

    The new Rod Picott CD WELDING BURNS is nearing completion and tentatively scheduled for June 2011. Tour dates for 2011 are currently being scheduled. Check out Rod’s website

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • LeighBCD

    Rod is a bit of an unsung hero, I think. Not sure why he is not better known?

    16 Mar 2008 Reply
  • mortikai

    Saw Rod Picott at Shrewsbury folk festival, very very cool gig. Always been a fan of music like this, keep catching myself singing 'Jealous Stars' and 'Something in Spanish' to myself quite often

    11 Oct 2007 Reply

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