The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Rod Picott songs.
A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut cd in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released cds over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as an engaging, emotion fueled performer.
Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail, produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carl] is a collection of carefully crafted songs of rugged truth and beauty. Recorded at Joe Pisapia's [KD Lang, Guster] Middletree Studios in East Nashville the CD highlights Picott's particular gift for exploring complex themes in common language. The eleven songs on Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail offer an unblinking albeit wry gaze into our common heart and a clenched fist of defiance against the trials that tear at our humanity.
Praise for Rod Picott
"…an artist who deserves to be heard" -Mary Gauthier
"…Beautiful and heartbreaking songs-one of the best on the Americana and folk scene" -Slaid Cleaves
"…If you're a fan of great songwriting, you're a fan of Rod Picott. Simple as that." -Brian Koppelman [Director/Screenwriter -Oceans Thirteen, Solitary Man, Rounders]