Rod Picott on Music City Roots

12 Dec

Rod Picott toured Norway for the very first time this May. Last week he played at the renowned show at the Loveless Cafe, Music City Roots in Nashville – enjoy!

Stephen Simmons at Musikkbloggen… Hør nå, hør nå houseconcert

12 Dec

Stephen Simmons at Musikkbloggens house concert in Bergen, Norway

Scott Chism in Firdaposten

12 Nov

Scott Chism in Firdaposten

Molly Thomas (US) – on tour!

21 Oct

 

The lovely and very talented Molly Thomas will be touring Norway in November. This is her first time performing solo in Scandinavia, we are so excited! Last summer Molly toured Norway with Kim Carson, and she also lived here for a period of time back in 1991. She has a new record out, called “Make Everything Bright”.

Please welcome her back – and don’t miss out on this great opportunity to finally see her play live onstage!

Nov 3rd – Musikkhuset, Haugesund

Nov 7th – HonkyTonk Honeys proudly presents: Molly Thomas, Buckleys, Oslo

Nov 8th – Bonanza, Oslo

Nov 9th – Credo, Trondheim

Nov 12th – Cafe Tid, Nittedal

 

 

Jon Byrd (US) on tour!

21 Oct

Yes, finally! Our friend Jon Byrd (US) will be touring Norway and the UK next month!

Also, his new album is out! Make sure to check it out. It’s called “Down At The Well of Wishes” – and yes, it’s amazing!

 

Norway:

Nov. 15th – Bonanza, Oslo

Nov. 17th – Musikkhuset, Haugesund

 

Stephen Simmons – “The Big Show” out now!

21 Oct

Our friend, the very talented Stephen Simmons has just released his new album, “The Big Show”. Here is an awesome review of a very awesome album:

Stephen Simmons – Musikkbloggen.no

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Thomas

21 Oct

Molly Thomas doesn’t shy away from expressing who she is in her music.  
Never trying to emulate anyone with her sound, but always mindful of the
influence that her experiences bring, she has constantly continued to craft her
skills. She has now poured them into a stunning showcase, in the form of her
latest effort, “Make Everything Bright.”

The road to “Make Everything Bright” started when she began playing violin
as a child in Mississippi and has taken her around the world sharing the stage
with names like Todd Snider, Will Hoge, Matthew Ryan, Mando Saenz, Amelia White, Will
Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and K.S. Rhodes. Each mile prepping her for
making the type of music that begs to be written. Her desire to share her
stories and evoke emotion from others is where her talent and heart shines
brightest.

“Make Everything Bright”, co-produced by Marco Giovino (drummer for Norah
Jones, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) is filled with the same gritty passion that has
always permeated her music. It’s an album made of “real” and reflects on life
with an exuberant joy but certainly not through rose-colored glasses.

It is an album that cuts through the predictable female singer songwriter
stereotype and Molly is able to call it like it is and move on. In the songs, “The
Opportunist”, “35’s Got You Down”, “Leavin’ in My Blood”, “Unavailable Man”
and “You’re a Sorry One” she calls out a conniving female, tells her man to
grow up, tells someone she’s out, begs “that guy” to stop hurting women and
tells a cheater off. But these aren’t the ramblings of some prepubescent
wallowing in her misery these are the stories of a woman who sees through
the games people play without becoming bitter or victimized.

Her uncanny ability for empathy is evident in “Hey, I’ve Been There Too”
where she shares her compassion for people struggling with everyday
problems and her optimistic outlook comes shining through on “Henry John”
and “Blanket of Stars” where she looks hopefully toward the future and new
beginnings. And while Molly is a true renaissance woman who has changed
much over the years, her roots stay strong as evidenced in “The Ocean”, a
haunting melody about the healing waters of her homeland and her people.
And finally, the title track, “Make Everything Bright” sums up the entire record
with the lyrics “I hear a sad song behind a happy conversation. What a perfect
situation, I could die like this.” And just as in the song, this happy title is filled
with evocative lyrics, poignant phrases and mysterious melodies all woven
together to create her most passionate and heartfelt record yet.

Molly surrounded herself with quite the cast of musicians on this album.
Besides co-producing the record, Marco Giovino is also the pounding beat behind
the drums. Other players include Paul Ossola (Levon Helm, GE Smith), Frank
Swart (Patty Griffin), Kylie Harris (Patty Loveless), Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin,
John Hiatt, Todd Snider), John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams),
Christopher Hoffee (Atom Orr, The Truckee Brothers & Steve Poltz),
John Morgan Reilly (RxGF; co-producer of “Blanket of Stars”),
Neal Pawley, Brian Ritchey and Matthew Burgess.

Molly’s music stirs up a plethora of emotions. Sometimes, tied to a sense of
loss, but if you are able to step out of this disjointed world in which we live,
you will find that there is also plenty of room for toasting, loving and laughing.
Molly’s music is a reflection of these ingredients of the human spirit and this
album provides a perfect snapshot in which to relate.

Rod Picott

21 Oct

Rod Picott is the songs he sings. Since before Woody Guthrie songwriters have soaked their
public image in sepia tones singing about the working life but Picott bears the scars of actually living that blue collar life. Rod Picott’s songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. Listening to a Rod Picott album you can smell the gasoline on a mechanics hands and the perfume of lovers in dark corners.

The son of a welder and former Marine, Picott grew up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine. His father’s record collection spanned Ray Charles to John Philip Sousa and James Brown. His is older brother introduced him to the punk poetry of Lou Reed and Patti Smith. The tall, wiry framed Picott worked as a sheetrock worker out of high school until he released his first cd, Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues.

In the singer-songwriter and Americana world Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Fred
Eaglesmith have been proclaimed some the best writers working and they have all recorded songs written or co-written by Rod Picott. Picott’s “Broke Down” released on Rounder  Records by co-writer and artist Slaid Cleaves became the most played song on Americana radio and was awarded the song of the year award at the Austin Music Awards. In 2010 “Broke Down” found new life in the soundtrack to the Brian Koppelman written and directed
film Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas. In that same year Picott’s song “Circus Girl” was
featured in the PBS documentary Circus.

Rod Picott has released five solo cds and one cd with his sometimes duo partner Amanda
Shires– all to excellent reviews and extensive touring. Picott has been featured in No
Depression magazine, on BBC 2 Radio London, Sirius/XM Radio and in Maverick magazine
(U.K.) Picott has produced a CD for Rounder Records, toured as opening act for Alison
Krauss and Union Station and played the prestigious Shrewsbury Folk and Maverick festivals
in England –along with Take Root & Blue Highways Festivals in Holland. He tours in a Jeep
Cherokee with a current odometer reading of 240,300 miles and also tours annually in Europe
and the U.K.- playing 120 plus shows yearly. Picott is lauded for his narrative and melodic
songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling.

 

Rod Picott – “Welding Burns” out now!

21 Oct

Hello Friends! Make sure to check out Rod Picotts new album “Welding Burns”! We love it – and bet you will too!

Rod has been receiving rave reviews for this album, also here in Norway:

http://www.firdaposten.no/platearbeidaren/article5767256.ece

Amelia White to release new album!

21 Oct

The very talented singer/ songwriter Amelia White has just finished recording her new album “Beautiful and Wild”. The album is produced by Marco Giovino, Amelia’s long time drummer and also the drummer in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.”Beautiful and Wild” will be out in January 2012, distributed by Rootsy in Scandinavia.

We are so excited – stay tuned for more news on Amelia Whites upcoming release!