Touring the UK this winter is Rod Picott promoting his new album, ‘Fortune’. In this latest CD Nashville based Rod turns his focus inward, using himself — not the people around him — as the album’s main character.
It’s his seventh solo release, written and recorded after years of heavy touring. Looking to make a record that could serve as a raw, authentic document of his live show, Picott recorded ‘Fortune’ quickly, cutting six songs during his first day in the studio and finishing the entire album within a week and a half.
Musicians like Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Picott’s songs, showing their support for a self-sufficient songwriter who plays most of his shows alone, relying on his voice and acoustic guitar to pack a punch. ‘Fortune’ gave him a chance to put together a small band, though, with Will Kimbrough (Steve Earle, Guy Clark) handling the electric guitar parts and producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, Matthew Ryan) doubling as the group’s drummer. With Lex Price joining in on bass, the group kept things as real and raw as possible. They just plugged in and played.
“A lot of these songs explore a sense of chance, of what might happen with your life,” Picott says. “Jeremiah” is the story of a soldier who doesn’t home from Iraq, “Uncle John” is a wry look at family dysfunction, and “Alicia” is a naked telling of a romantic break. The songs come from his life, and the details tell a vivid story. “There’s a sense of luck, and how things might unfold for someone. I thought that calling it ‘Fortune’ would put a positive spin on that idea of chance and circumstance. It helps wrap up the feeling that runs through the record.”
What the Critics said about Rod’s last album ‘Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail’ only last year…
“Accept Rod Picott for what he is; Americana of the highest order” Julian Piper/ Acoustic Magazine
“Gems that finely balance despair, desire and optimism with dexterity” Arthur Wood/Maverick Magazine
“Hangdog lyrics and deadpan delivery have the ability to strike a chord with anyone who has a heart.” Alison Stokes/Country Music People
Date of event:5th February 2016