Rod Picott (born November 3, 1964) is a singer-songwriter whose music incorporates elements of Americana, alt-country, and folk. He was born in New Hampshire, but relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994. After several years of playing local clubs and supporting such acts as Alison Krauss, he released his first album in 2001. As of 2008, he has released five studio albums and one live recording.
Picott was born in New Hampshire, but grew up in South Berwick, Maine, where he played in various local bands. Picott met Slaid Cleaves on his first day of second grade and the two became lifelong friends and wrote several songs together. After a period living in Boulder, Colorado, where he busked and studied the art of songwriting, Picott moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994, where he spent a number of years playing local clubs. He began to make a name for himself as a songwriter, which grew when he co-wrote a song on Fred Eaglesmith’s album 50 Odd Dollars.
In 1998 he signed a deal with the management company operated by Denise Stiff, who also managed Alison Krauss. He initially worked as the driver of Krauss’s merchandise truck, but was called upon to fill in when an opening act was needed, which led to a series of support slots with Krauss.
Picott finally released his own debut album in 2001. Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues was named after his great-uncle, a boxer during the Great Depression, and featured his version of “Broke Down”, a song he co-wrote with long-time friend Slaid Cleaves. A year later he released the follow-up disc Stray Dogs. Two years later he released his third disc, Girl from Arkansas. In 2005 he released a live album Travel Log that featured his friend, dobro-player Matt Mauch.
In 2014, Picott released Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail, which includes the song, “I Might Be Broken Now”. Picott said in an interview that the song was co-written with Amanda Shires and is about their breakup as a couple.