Now in his fifties, Rod Picott has garnered a loyal cult audience across the U.S. and Europe. He tours tirelessly and continues to garner rave reviews for both his songwriting skills and darkly humorous, compelling live show.
Tagged as a “blue-collar” storyteller he has recently branched out into the world of literature, publishing his poetry and a book of short stories. However, he was almost derailed last year following a major health scare. He survived, thankfully, but that brush with mortality gave him pause for thought. And it lead to this, his most stripped back and personal album so far.
‘Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil’ is not solely about his illness but, as he says in his liner notes, “Confronting mortality, I asked myself a few questions. Who am I? Who have I been?” Some of the songs try to answer these questions. Others delve into his past and a few are simply just excellent examples of his song-writing as Picott bares his soul on what is a magnificent record.
The opening song, ‘Ghost’, sets the scene as he posits himself as an invisible entity that no one can hear, trapped in an existential quandary. ‘A 38 Special & A Hermes Purse‘, a song Picott says was directly related to his heart problem, is a dark meditation on the will to live and the demons that can persuade one to end it all. ‘A Guilty Man‘ is a confessional, past behaviour alienating those around him leading to a lonesome life, although there is a chance of absolution.