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Rod Picott, Michelle Lewis at Fulshear House Concerts
April 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
About Rod Picott:
July 19th 2019 finds Rod Picott releasing his eleventh album, titled Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. The new album is completely acoustic, featuring only guitar, harmonica and Picott’s weathered vocals. Many of the songs on Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil are influenced by a health scare that Picott endured in the winter of 2018. The condition was hunted down and solved but the weeks long incident of a freight train running through his chest played a profound role in the writing and recording of the album. Alone with his modest recording gear, Picott set about making an album as honest, raw and uncontrived as his spine would allow. Already known for the intimacy and vivid narratives of his previous work, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil opens the door wider still. The songs are confessional and honest. The recording itself is unpolished and raw. Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil takes a small turn away from the blue collar anthems he’s been lauded for and finds Picott exploring his own inner life with the same deft and revealing hand he’s honed over the last nineteen years. Rod Picott’s health is now in check.
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.
A prolific writer, Picott has recently turned his hand to poetry (God In His Slippers, Murmmeration – Mezcalita Press) short fiction (Out Past The Wires – Working Title Farm) and has a novel in the works titled A Bony Right Fist. Born in the small mill town of South Berwick Maine and residing in Nashville TN since 1994 Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil is the latest release from former construction worker Rod Picott. Tour dates can be viewed at www.rodpicott.com
About Michelle Lewis:
On her new studio album, All That’s Left, Michelle Lewis explores the far edges of joy and sadness. It’s a personal history served through loss and love.
An artist’s third album often carries the weariness of having already said everything. Yet Michelle’s third work shines, a testament to her great skill at perception. As she’s grown as a songwriter so too has her ability to elevate a detail from anecdote to allegory. The result is an intense collection of ten tracks, a journey in transformation from regret to compassion, coming to rest upon a sort of sweetness available only to those who truly care. If only we could all love so deeply, feel such warmth, deliver such grace in woe.
As she mourns loss, celebrates love, and confronts guilt, the album weaves an emotional journey, conveyed in vivid flashes of sorrow and garnished with comic turns of forbearance. Yet rather than feeling haphazard, the album gathers upon the many consequences of devotion. Michelle has spun together all the relationships that matter and the effect is a good cry followed by a good laugh.
Michelle wrote this album with her ears open. “Scars” explores a life story she learned about her grandmother only after losing her. Lyrics on “Please Don’t Go” were words of comfort overheard during another period of great pain. “Sometimes the songs are already written, you just have to listen,” she said.
Interestingly, the album features a cover of “Dancing In The Dark,” a first for Michelle who to date had recorded only original compositions on her albums. “Years ago a friend gave me a copy of Nebraska. When I heard that album I realized that although Bruce Springsteen had been in front of a rock band for years, he’s really a folk singer,” she said. “His songs are so relatable and heart wrenching.”
The album’s first single, “Push On,” is co-written by Nashville singer/songwriter Robby Hecht. The song shares a timely message of determination, delivered in Michelle’s plaintive vocal style, both heartwarming and heartbreaking. “There are times in everyone’s life when we feel like we can’t go on, whether it’s physically, mentally, or both. ‘Push On’ is about overcoming those everyday and long-term struggles we all have,” said Michelle. “It’s about being lost, physically broken down, but then fighting through it.”
The album ends on a affectionate note, with “Lay On My Pillow,” a velvet blanket of comfort sung softly and sweetly. It’s a comforting final thought, a return safely home. She sings, “Give me your life / I’ll give you mine / Stay with me darling we’ll be fine.”
The album is a continuation of Michelle’s long term collaboration with the production team of Anthony J. Resta (Duran Duran) and Karyadi Sutedja. Featured cello is played by Cameron Stone (Game of Thrones) and piano by Ruslan Sirota (Josh Groban). michellelewismusic.com