Out earlier this year in the US, Rod Picott’s latest album Welding Burns is an independent release that’s available in the UK from today and Picott is touring over here in October to promote it, the dates are below and there’s a Bob Harris Country session planned too which I’m very much looking forward to. I mentioned in a recent post Picott’s contribution to the great Amanda Shires album Carrying Lightning and on this his seventh solo release she joins up with him again adding vocals and fiddle to the album which was recorded at True Tone Studios, Nashville TN with David Henry (Cowboy Junkies, REM) co-producing with Picott, it also features slide and electric guitar from the Will Kimbrough, a fellow who has a habit of turning up on quality albums time and time again.
Picott is the son of a welder and former Marine and grew up in a small town in Maine called South Berwick, Welding Burns the title of his current album paying homage to his father work, indeed ‘work’ and ‘the man’ is a theme on the album including one of the album highlights, the lead track Rust Belt Field, all of these tracks translate perfectly to this side of pond too, there are diversions from the work day blues, Little Scar is another album highlight – a bittersweet lament for a lost love told through the minutiae of detail couples share.
I’ve sung the praise of Picott’s childhood friend and long time song writing collaborator Slaid Cleaves on many occasions and this album from Picott is every bit as good as anything his friend has put out, their combined song writing abilities paint the picture for you beautifully well, succinctly and without fuss, it’s a memorable and brilliant piece of work.
Smartchoice is the place to go for the CD, if you’re quick you can bag a bonus disc featuring tracks from some of Picott’s earlier albums.
My pick of the tracks 410, our anti-hero takes the advice of the unemployment office “to think outside the box” to heart and sets of with a shotgun in his Firebird to go ‘shopping’.
October Tour Dates
Tuesday 11 York The Duchess
08444 77 1000 / www.theduchessyork.co.uk £10, 7.30pm
Wednesday 12 Kinross Backstage at The Green Hotel
01577 863467 / www.mundellmusic.com £14, 9pm
Thursday 13 Glasgow Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
01419 591428 or 07804 447511 £10, 8pm
Friday 14 Newcastle Jumpin’ Hot Club @ The Cluny 2
0191 2304474 / www.jumpinhot.com £12, 8pm
Saturday 15 Elford Elford Village Hall
Nr. Tamworth, Staffs. 01827 383533 / www.elfordhallgarden.org.uk £15, 7.30pm
Monday 17 Sheffield Greystones
0114 266 5599 / www.mygreystones.co.uk £8, 7.45pm
Tuesday 18 Leicester The Musician
0116 251 0080 / www.themusicianpub.co.uk £TBC, 8pm
Wednesday 19 Nottingham The Maze
0115 947 5650 / www.cosmicamerican.com £10, 7.30pm
Thursday 20 Bristol St. Bonaventure’s
0870 4444 400 / www.crhmusic.com £TBC, 7.30pm
Saturday 22 Bedford Holy Moly’s @ Esquires
01234 340120 / www.bedfordesquires.com £TBC, TBC
Sunday 23 Maidstone House Concert
Tuesday 25 Brighton The Prince Albert
01273 730499 / www.myspace.com/theprincealbert £7, 8pm
Friday 28 Farncombe St. John’s Church Room
Surrey 01483 421520 / http://wegottickets.com/julianlewrymusic £10, 7pm
Saturday 29 Turners Hill House Concert
West Sussex www.houseconcerts.org.uk / * suggested donation £15*, 7pm
Sunday 30 Twickenham TwickFolk @ The Cabbage Patch
020 8991 5461 / www.twickfolk.co.uk £9, 8pm