Rod Picott and Amanda Shires
Wednesday October 15th at 8.30pm in Rose's West End Bar, Lismore
Rod Picott grew up in South Berwick, Maine and was exposed to a surprising mix of musical influences. His father and brother both owned record collections that spanned from the marches of John Philip Sousa and Ray Charles to the punk poetry of Patti Smith and The Clash, which were later to influence his music.
Rod moved to Nashville TN in 1994 and established himself as a singer/songwriter and hosted a weekly showcase called Rod Picott's Fireside Whiskey Hour 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.
Picott's debut release, Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues, announced his arrival as an artist of note. The album 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".
Hailing from West Texas is fiddler and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires. At 16 Amanda Shires was already playing fiddle with Tommy Allsup and The Texas Playboys. From there, she went on to be one of the founding members of Lubbock, TX’s Thrift Store Cowboys, releasing 3 albums and became one of the number one selling acts in 2007. In 2008 one of Amanda Shires compositions with Thrift Store Cowboys was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered.
As an in demand side player and studio musician, Amanda has worked with Texas legends Billy Joe Shaver, and Gary P Nunn. Her facility across a range of styles has lead her to work with Folk/Bluegrass favorites The Rowen Brothers, and Buddy Spicher to name a few.
Watch them on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkzP0_ayi4o