Feature Story Friday, Nov 4, 2016
Painting Images of Life in Music
Two awesome musicians hit Chilliwack for a night of song
Emanuel Asprakis, Bozzinis/Web photos
Rod Picott with special guest Ben de la Cour (below) Friday, Dec. 2, at Bozzini's in Chilliwack.
he 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 Eagelsmith 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 a engaging, emotion-fueled performer.
Hang Your Hopes On Crooked Nail, produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll] 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.
de la Cour has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn,
he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, and agricultural
worker. He lived in Havana, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New Orleans
before finally settling in Nashville, and it was at Nashville’s Greenland
Sound that de la Cour recorded the eleven songs of perfectly crafted
Americanoir that make up his second album “Midnight in Havana”.
Songs filled with
tales of substance abuse, murder and mental illness sit in perfect
juxtaposition with playful lightheartedness and an ever-present glimmer of
hope. However, upon closer inspection, darkness almost always wins…an
unlikely hero, but one that suits de la Cour.
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