Rod Picott and Ariana Gillis In The Lounge
City Winery
Mon, Jan 22 7:00 pm


Rod Picott: Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. It is here in the ordinary where Picott finds the gold he mines so beautifully on songs such as “Take Home Pay” – one of four songs written with longtime friend and co-writer Slaid Cleaves. Ariana Gillis: “I’ve never seen an unknown performer with more power as when I saw Ariana…. I couldn’t stop talking about her. She may be the best new emerging artist anywhere.” Bernie Taupin Elton John/Grammy-award winning songwriter: “I'm staggered by how good she is. There's not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks, I can honestly say she's the single most exciting artist I've heard in a long time.”   The above quotes are typical of the excitement Canada’s Ariana Gillis was creating from the earliest stages of her career.  But after sustaining a serious concussion in 2015, Ariana believed that she would never be able to write & perform music again. Well, she’s proving herself wrong, as after an extended period of recovery she's back with some new music currently being recorded with multi- GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, Joel Moss & CFMA Producer of the Year, David Gillis.     

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