Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

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Reverb drenched, harmony filled duets with fiddle, acoustic guitars, rich gorgeous vocals and superb song craft from award winning songwriter Rod Picott and mesmerizing Texas fiddle chanteuse Amanda Shires

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Biography

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

A yankee singer-songwriter and a Texas fiddler might seem an unlikely pairing but the natural chemistry between Rod Picott and Amanda Shires is undeniable.  Rising from the sun-driven plains of West Texas is fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires and from the northern mill towns of New England is Rod Picott.

At 16 Amanda Shires was playing fiddle with The Texas Playboys, an auspicious start that testifies to her natural talent and soulful delivery. From there, Shires went on to be one of the founding members of Lubbock's Thrift Store Cowboys, releasing 4 albums independently and reaching top ten status on many CMJ charts around the country as well as becoming the number one selling act in 2007 for the respected internet retailer Miles Of Music. In 2008 one of Amanda Shires compositions was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. As an in demand side player Amanda has worked with Texas legends Billy Joe Shaver, and Gary P Nunn as well as Folk/Bluegrass favorites The Rowen Brothers, Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan, and one of Indie rock's hottest acts Devotchka. Her first solo album release Being Brave from 2005 , mixes brilliant arrangements and performances of traditional fiddle music along with several of her own compositions.  Now 25 Amanda Shires stands in front of an already impressive body of work and on the edge of a career in full bloom.

In 1994 Rod Picott moved to Nashville TN. where he established himself as one of the better new writers in town as well as opening shows for Alison Krauss and Union Station and Gillian Welch. His co-write Broke Down with Slaid Cleaves was the most played song on Americana radio in 2001. Rod Picott has released 5 albums since 2001 to stellar reviews both stateside and overseas. Picott's debut release, Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues received airplay from Bob Harris on the BBC, and Music Row magazine’s Robert Oermann called the debut, "the birth of a major, major artist". 2002's Straydogs featured guest appearances from Alison Krauss and frequent co-writer Slaid Cleaves and found it's way onto the Americana chart for 5 weeks. Released in November 2004, Girl From Arkansas brought Picott's eye for lyric detail and whiskey-voiced delivery together with a newfound intimacy. In 2005, a collection of live performances titled Travel Log was released. Recorded in front of a small crowd in Charlotte N.C. the cd documents a soulful performance with accompaniment from dobro and lapsteel player Matt Mauch. In 2006 Picott co-produced, [with David Henry] Slaid Cleaves' Rounder Records release Unsung to great reviews. In the summer of 2007 Rod assembled some of his favorite musicians and recorded another album Summerbirds. Maverick magazine called Summerbirds "as damn near perfect as you can get" and gave the album a full five star review.

Amanda Shires and Rod Picott met at the Folk Alliance Conference in Austin Tx. in 2006. Over the following 2 years they toured throughout the States and Europe playing more than 150 shows together. In the winter of 2008 they began co-writing and recording their debut duo project. Rod Picott and Amanda Shires are currently touring The U.K. and Europe in support of their debut duo release, titled "Sew Your Heart with Wires" . The album is a completely acoustic recording featuring only their two voices, Picott's guitar and Shires' fiddle and Ukelele. The songs range from a murder ballad [Little Darlin'] to a gospel rave up [When You Get Your Story Told] to an outlaw narrative [Ruby]. All ten tracks were co-written by Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. The album's sound is rich, full of texture and drenched with soul and reverb. The UK/ European release for Sew Your Heart with Wires is October 27th. The album, distributed by Proper Distribution, reached #7 on the Euro/Americana chart and was voted #4 best debut album of 2008 by the FAR Chart reporters.

Lyrics

Mercury

Written By: Picott/Shires

MERCURY

ALL THE LEAVES HAVE FALLEN OUT
THE WINTER WINDS TURN AND SHOUT
LANTANA'S GREEN HAS GONE TO SLEEP
AND YOUR LOVE IS JUST LIKE MERCURY

AN EMPTY GLASS THE TANGLED SHEETS
THE DRINK YOU SPILLED YOUR HANDS ON ME
YOUR EYES CHANGED BLUE AND GREY
THE THINGS YOU SAID THEN TOOK AWAY

WHERE DOES IT GO
WHERE CAN IT BE
YOUR LOVE IS JUST
LIKE MERCURY

IT FINDS IT'S WAY INTO YOUR BLOOD
YOU LET IT YOU OPEN UP
THE SILVER SHINES AND FALLS LIKE RAIN
AND THEN IN TIME COMES BACK AGAIN

BOTH-----WHERE DOES IT GO
WHERE CAN IT BE
YOUR LOVE IS JUST
LIKE MERCURY

FIDDLE BREAK...

WHERE DOES IT GO
WHERE CAN IT BE
YOUR LOVE IS JUST
LIKE MERCURY

Drive That Devil Out

Written By: Picott/Shires

DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT

EVERY CROOKED WORD FROM YOUR HEART OF COAL
IS SCRATCHED IN THE DIRT DOWN IN THE HOLE
COULD BE A CAT O NINE TAILS WAITING FOR YOU BELOW
WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND
YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT

WHEN YOU SAY YOUR PRAYERS SAY EM LIKE YOU CARE
SHADOWS LURKING ROUND TO CATCH YOU OLD SOOTHSAYERS
GREY SMOKE WATCHING TRYING TO GRAB AHOLD
WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
YOU'RE GONNA LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

JIMMY HAD A COUSIN NAMED JERRY LEE
A PISTOL FLASH ON A COLOR TV
DON'T MAKE NO DIFFERENCE WHAT YOU BELIEVE
YOU'RE GONNA LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

SPADE BUILT HIS HOUSE ON A DECK OF CARDS
HAD A BAD BAD TEMPER AND A YARD FULL OF DOGS
NOW THE FLOOR BOARD SPEAK OF HIS DEADLY DEEDS
SINCE HE LEFT THIS WORLD BEHIND

YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
GONNA LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

NOW YOU CAN CURSE WITH THE WORDS OF A SAILORS TONGUE
OR SING SWEET AND LOW YOUR CRADLE SONG
WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN THE DARK IS COMING UNDONE
WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
YOU GOTTA DRIVE THAT DEVIL OUT
AND LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND

-Copyright 2008 Picott/Shires Welding Rod Music / Littlelambseativy Music

Mean Little Girl [Ruby]

Written By: Picott/Shires

Mean Little Girl [Ruby]

She was standing in the driveway leaning on her daddy's car
Just standin in the driveway pullin' on a Marlboro red
We took her daddy's car and a carton of his cigarettes

We were doing ninety when we started running low on gas
Pulled over at the station the clerk was nervous talking fast
Please don't shoot you can take everything that I have

Some folks stand in line and wait their turn
Some folks go and take what they can't earn
I liked to light the match she liked to watch it burn

She liked to practice in the morning shooting at the sun and the sand
She liked to practice in the morning roulette or rattlin’ cans
We spent our nights spinning like them dusty motel fans

She looked good with a gun I bet I told her a thousand times
She looked good with a gun I told her a thousand times
The wrong end will kill you but the right end will keep you alive

Mean little girl rather be dead than go back home or back to jail
They caught up to us in Vegas bullets crackin down like hail
She turned the gun on herself and sunk like a sailor in a swell  

Mean little girl sunk like a sailor in a swell

-Copyright 2008 Picott/Shires Welding Rod Music / Littlelambseativy Music

Discography

Debut duo cd 'Sew Your Heart With Wires'

Set List

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires play their own haunting and soulful original songs and a handful of country cover songs