Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame.
Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. Picott’s eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics and fans alike.
“mesmerizing” – Rolling Stone.com
“songs like Raymond Carver short stories” – Houston Chronicle
“proves once again he’s a ringmaster at turning misery into art” – Boston Globe
“carefully crafted and vibrant” – American Songwriter
“perfectly crafted” – NewsHub
“it’s the songwriting that really makes the difference” – The Bluegrass Situation
“a truly great songwriter” – 3rd Coast Music
“poignant, blatantly honest and emotive” – The Boot
“seriously gifted” – No Depression