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Rod Picott

January 22, 2018

Rod Picott to release double album + book of corresponding short stories

Out Past the Wires to be released March 30

NASHVILLE, TN — Nearly two decades into his songwriting career, Rod Picott hits a prolific peak with Out Past the Wires (available March 30), a double album that serves as the inspiration for an accompanying book of short stories.

Out Past the Wires arrives less than three years after Fortune, Picott’s previous collection of American roots music. During that time, he’s become a published poet, written a screenplay, two books of short fiction and the first draft of a novel. He puts all these those skillsets to work with Out Past the Wires, whose 22 songs mix poetry and prose in equal doses. The result is the strongest album of his career, filled with electrified moments that channel Bruce Springsteen’s anthemic stomp, lyrics worthy of Leonard Cohen’s work, and quietly heartbreaking moments grounded in Picott’s acoustic guitar and road-worn voice.

“You write what you know,” says Picott, whose background — including more than a dozen years spent in the construction business, where he specialized as a sheetrock hanger — informs his blue-collar songwriting. “My father was a welder. I was banging nails at 18 years old. We bailed out the cellar every spring, because my father couldn’t afford a sub-pump for years. When you’ve actually done that work, there’s an honesty in the sense of language that you can access. I listen to a song like ‘Take Home Pay,’ which I wrote with Slaid Cleaves, and I know there’s nothing dishonest there. We really painted the right picture of that character.”

Many of the characters from Out Past the Wires are wild-eyed and desperate, driven to extremes by a life lived on the edge. Others are heartbroken. Some find themselves coming to grips with their own mortality. All of them are vividly brought to life by Picott, whose accompanying book of short stories — also titledOut Past the Wires — dives deeper into those characters’ narratives. Influenced by Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, the stories are dark and richly-written, shining light on an author who packs as powerful a punch with his pen as with his guitar.

“When you move from songwriting to poetry or prose, the shackles come off a bit,” he says. “That was a lovely experience. I got to take these characters and expand their stories. Each short story is titled after a song on the record, so there’s a connection between all of them. Some are fully fleshed out stories of the characters from the songs, and some are more of an extension of the concept behind the song. I didn’t hold myself to being so strictly narrative-based this time.”

Although he wrote the short stories alone, Picott reached out to several friends to help record Out Past the Wires. Slaid Cleaves co-wrote four songs with Picott, while producer Neilson Hubbard, who produced 2015’s Fortunes, returned to the fold to oversee the newest set of recording sessions. This time, the two rounded up a band of Nashville-based A-listers — including Will Kimbrough/Electric Guitars (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell) Lex Price/Bass (K.D. Lang), Evan Hutchings/Drums (Brandi Carlisle) and Kris Donegan/Electric Guitars (Sara Evans) — for the album’s hardest-hitting songs. Out Past the Wires also contains a handful of stripped-down acoustic songs as well, creating an album that highlights the full range of Picott’s work at its most potent.

Picott will tour heavily in support of Out Past the Wires, see below for latest tour schedule. To request review copies, please reply to this email. For more information, please visit

On tour:

Jan 22 City Winery Lounge Nashville TN

Feb 7 Natalie’s Worthington OH

Feb 8 Southgate House Revival Newport KY

Feb 9 House Concert Paris KY

Feb 10 River Dog Music Retreat Oberlin OH

Feb 22 Dust of Daylight House Concert Bergen Norway

Feb 23 Iris Scene Odda Norway

Feb 25 Bonanza Oslo Norway

Feb 26 House Concert Trondheim Norway

March 1 Museum Nic Jonk Grootschermer

March 2 Muziekpodium Bakkeeveen Netherlands

March 3 Het Nieuwe Dijkhuis Doetinchem Netherlands

March 4 Herberg Tiengemeten Netherlands

March 5 Meneer Frits Eindhoven Netherlands

March 6 Kloveniersdoelen Middelburg Netherlands

March 7 Het Heerenlogement Netherlands

March 9 Xinix Nieuwendijk Netherlands

March 10 De Amer Amen Netherlands

March 11 Wageningen Junushoff

March 14 What’s Cookin’@ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club London England

March 15 Garstang Unplugged at The Kenlis Arms Lancashire England

March 16 The Greystones Sheffield England

March 17 Davenham Players Theatre Northwich England

March 18 House Concert North Linconshire England

March 20 The Musician Leicester England

March 21 The Biddulph Arms Straffordshire England

March 22 Sounds In The Suburbs at The Doublet Glasgow Scotland

March 23 Backstage @ The Green Hotel Kinross Scotland

March 24 Chapel Allerton Seven Arts Center Leeds England

March 25 Nottingham The Maze England

March 26 The Greys Brighton England

March 27 House Concert High Wycombe England

March 28 The Forge @ The Anvil Basingstoke England

March 29 Green Note Presents @ The Old Queen’s Head London (Islington)

March 30 The Tunnels Bristol England

April 6 The Stage @ KDHX St Louis MO

April 7 Knuckleheads Kansas City MO

April 8 Byron’s Pomeroy IA

April 10 The Blue Door Oklahoma City OK

April 12 Mucky Duck Houston TX

April 13 The Rock Room Austin TX

April 14 Poodies Spicewood TX

April 20 Black Dog House Concerts Chicago IL

April 21 Honky Tonk House Concerts Streetsboro OH

April 22 Mandy The Suess Dog House Concert Columbus OH

April 28 Sweeney Todd’s Minneapolis MN

May 4 Morro Bay Wine Cellars Morro Bay CA (Songwriters At Play Series)

May 5 House Concert Davis CA

May 6 Private Show Berkeley CA

May 8 White Eagle Saloon Portland OR

May 9 Treehouse Cafe Bainbridge Island WA

May 11 Bozzini’s Chilliwack B.C. Canada

May 25 House Concert Westchester NY

May 26 House Concert Blakeslee PA

June 10 Acoustic Grill Ontario Canada

June 11 Ottawa House Concert Canada

June 12 O’Reilly’s Ale House Perth Ontario Canada

June 13 Batstone’s Northern Ramble Renfrew Ontario Canada

June 16 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 Espanola Ontario Canada

August 15 Songwriter Celebration Lake Tahoe CA