Raised in the mill town of S. Berwick, Maine, Rod Picott (pronounced Pie-caught) makes music steeped in the sounds of his youth. Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were the soundtracks that played against his childhood. He says, "My father had been in the Marines and came home with this eclectic collection, the bi-product of befriending these various characters from other walks of life. Ray Charles was in the box alongside John Philip Sousa. Traveling places does that to you. Opens your eyes and ears."
He spent his teenage years in a series of garage and bar bands, the first of which also contained future folk singer Slaid Cleaves. The two have remained friends since childhood and have gone on to co-write many songs including Cleaves' breakthrough song "Broke Down," which reached No. 1 on the Gavin Americana chart.
After searching out the fertile songwriting community in Nashville, Picott quickly made a name for himself among the town's best young songwriters on the rise. The inclusion of his co-write with Fred Eaglesmith on the latter's critically acclaimed 50 Odd Dollars album helped cement Picott's growing reputation. In 1998, he was signed as an act to DS Management whose main act Alison Krauss and Union Station promptly took him on the road as their opening act for the West Coast swing of their tour.
Coming full circle, Krauss harmonized on Picott's hymn to traveling life, "Circus Girl," on his 2002 album Stray Dogs. Cleaves lent his voice to their co-write "The River Runs." He maintains a constant touring presence in Europe and the U.S.