Rod Picott review…June 13, 2019….

ROD PICOTT

TELL THE TRUTH AND SHAME THE DEVIL

WELDING ROD RECORDS

GHOST–BAILING–MAMA’S BOY–MARK–SPARTAN HOTEL–TOO MUCH RAIN–A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT–A 38 SPECIAL AND A HERMES PURSE–80 JOHN WALLACE–A GUILTY MAN–SUNDAY BEST–FOLDS OF YOUR DRESS

Folks, when the “heart doctor” says “you got some issues we need to address,” you damn well better listen.  Lucky for me, when I got that call, I had an understanding wife that compelled me to listen, else you’d be reading the words of a dead man.  I’ve survived open-heart surgery two times since 2007, and I know the feeling Rod Picott had when he got that call.  That’s why his original songs that comprise “Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil,” are so important to him.  These songs play out as his memoir, because it is by the grace of God he got to finish them, and, for that matter, allowed me to write about ’em.  Recorded at his home, it is simply Rod, his vocals, his guitar, and his harp.  He gave the finished songs over to Neilson Hubbard to mix, and all twelve are raw, bare-bones looks at life and playin the hand you are dealt.

Just like me and you, these twelve songs are far from perfect, but they make a powerful statement about life.  “Ghost” leads off, as Rod confronts his own mortality by referring to himself as “the punch line to my own joke,” as he ponders what has been, what is now, and what is yet to be.  “Mark” traces the tragic story of one of Rod’s childhood fiends, who committed suicide at seventeen.  It served as one of his earliest memories of the harsh realities of life.  “Mama’s Boy” looks at life thru the eyes of a family of boxers whose rite of passage for all the young men is to enter a makeshift ring and mix it up ’til they “turned that boy into a man.”

“Too Much Rain” was a favorite.  It chronicles the abusive relationship between a father and daughter, until she’s finally had enough and exacts the ultimate revenge.  Other favorites were “Sunday Best,” as Rod recalls herein a happier time, going back to his childhood, where “everyone stopped cussing” for a while, dressed up, and went to church.  Every musician has a favorite “dive bar” story to tell, and Rod regales us with the vast array of “losers and boozers and shoe-shop workers” who make that weekly trek to drown their collective sorrows at the “Spartan Hotel.”

Not everybody gets a second chance to walk this rock.  I got one, and so did Rid Picott.  Natch’l fact is, he spelled out his story thru these twelve poignant, true-to-life songs that make “Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil” such a compelling listen.  Peace, Rod….Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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