Rod Picott – Welding Burns


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’.

Rod Picott – 410


October Tour Dates

Tuesday 11 York The Duchess

08444 77 1000 / £10, 7.30pm

Wednesday 12 Kinross Backstage at The Green Hotel

01577 863467 / £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 / £12, 8pm

Saturday 15 Elford Elford Village Hall

Nr. Tamworth, Staffs. 01827 383533 / £15, 7.30pm

Monday 17 Sheffield Greystones

0114 266 5599 / £8, 7.45pm

Tuesday 18 Leicester The Musician

0116 251 0080 / £TBC, 8pm

Wednesday 19 Nottingham The Maze

0115 947 5650 / £10, 7.30pm

Thursday 20 Bristol St. Bonaventure’s

0870 4444 400 / £TBC, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 Bedford Holy Moly’s @ Esquires

01234 340120 / £TBC, TBC

Sunday 23 Maidstone House Concert


Tuesday 25 Brighton The Prince Albert

01273 730499 / £7, 8pm

Friday 28 Farncombe St. John’s Church Room

Surrey 01483 421520 / £10, 7pm

Saturday 29 Turners Hill House Concert

West Sussex / * suggested donation £15*, 7pm

Sunday 30 Twickenham TwickFolk @ The Cabbage Patch

020 8991 5461 / £9, 8pm

Amanda Shires – Carrying Lightning


I’m a little late in mentioning this album but couldn’t let it pass without a few words of praise as it’s fast becoming one of my favourite albums of the year so far, one of those rare albums where there’s not a weak track Carry Lightning showcases Shires talents as both writer and musician, a dozen tracks it kicks of with Swimmer…. and ends with an instrumental version of the opener, in-between there are nine further Shire’s originals and a cover of Barbara Keith’s Detroit or Buffalo, Neil Casal who guests on the album playing guitar and adding harmony vocals recorded his own version of this track on his album Fade Away Diamond Time, other contributors include Will Kimbrough (electric guitar) who pops up regularly on quality albums and Rod Picott who co-produced the album with Shires – she returns the favour by playing and singing on Picott’s solo album Welding Burns set to be released later this year in the UK.

Shire’s has a wonderful singing voice, emotive, distinct, aching and seductive as the songs demand it’s hard not to be captivated by it alone and forget that she’s mean fiddler and ukulele player too, turning in some great performances on her own album and my other stand-out album of 2011, Jason Isbell’s Here We West.

If you’ve not heard this album yet I highly recommend it, file under essential listening.

“The love child of Dolly Parton and Tom Waits, perhaps?” recommended further reading.


When You Need A Train It Never Comes by Amanda Shires

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Radio interview at WNYC 93.9

Amanda Shires @ Daytrotter