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Rod Picott Album Release Show 

When: Sun., July 3, 6:30 p.m. 2011
Price: Free
Even if mainstream country is still supposedly the music of blue-collar Americans, no current country star can top Rod Picott’s commitment to zero in on the body-battering and spirit-bruising experiences of the skilled laborer — especially on his new album, Welding Burns. A gruff-voiced roots-rocking folkie with a knack for narrative, he captures the feeling of being trapped in a life of fewer and fewer options in songs like the title track, the brooding album opener “Rust Belt Fields,” the sinewy survivalist blues number “410” and the subversively sanguine-sounding “Sheetrock Hanger.” That last one describes a job Picott’s held down himself in the days before he shifted his efforts to a just-under-the-radar singer-songwriter career. In his decade and a half in Nashville, he’s sometimes gone it solo, and other times written with fellow rural Maine native Slaid Cleaves or, most recently, teamed with fiddling songwriter Amanda Shires as a duo. She contributed her playing and singing to the album, and will be joining Picott for the show.
— Jewly Hight

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