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Celebrity Playlist: Rod Picott

Back in 2006 I had the pleasure of seeing a pair of South Berwick, Maine's finest singer-songwriters. Rod Picott and Slaid Cleaves.
It was an especially fantastic evening because of the venue; an intimate Charlotte, NC listening room. The kind of place where everyone attending is there for only one reason, the music. If you're not familiar with this master americana songcrafter, you should immediately stream the two albums he has available.

Rod also recently co-produced what I feel was the finest americana album of 2006. Slaid Cleaves' Unsung. The record features 13 songs by little-known, but brilliant songwriters, hence the title. The Rounder Records release reached number 5 on the americana chart and I suggest you give it a spin.

Between sets at his show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rod in the role of obsessive fan. We spoke about music, and I asked if he would send me his top 15 tracks for a celebrity playlist piece. Less than a week later, I received an email with his playlist. It's reflective of the depth only a songwriter and true music lover can provide. This ain't no Jessica Simpson celebrity playlist.

For his list, Rod selected americana like Lucinda Williams and Slaid Cleaves, but also added indie darlings like Elliot Smith, Calexico and Death Cab For Cutie. However, he really goes eclectic by sprinkling in classic rock by Deep Purple and The Raspberries, as well as non-rock by Kenny Bell & His Jazzmen and Frank Sinatra. 

Celebrity Playlist: Rod Picott

1. Essence - Lucinda Williams

2. Sinner's Prayer - Slaid Cleaves

3. I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie

4.  Sukiyaki - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

5. Highway Star - Deep Purple 

6. Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple

7. Bad Reputation - Freedy Johnston 

8. In A Little While - U2 

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