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begin to describe how good last night was. We hope those of you who were there to see Rod Picott, Josh Harty and Will Barstow & Andy Davison enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks as always to all.

Next time out on October 31st we celebrate five years of WagonWheel shows in the company of Neil McSweeney & The Gents, Torn Sail and The Payroll Union. Details are on the Gigs page.

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On Monday October 17th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter Rod Picott back to Sheffield with his acclaimed new album ‘Welding Burns‘. Hailed by his friend and sometime writing partner Slaid Cleaves as “up there with the best of Springsteen, Steve Earle and Woody Guthrie“, many reviews are claiming it as Rod’s finest work. Support at The Greystones comes from Picott’s fellow countryman Josh Harty, who is in the UK for the first time touring his latest release ‘Nowhere‘. Opening the show we have a duo performance from Will Barstow of local bands The Dead Delta and The Ruby Jacks, alongside Socrates Johnson frontman Andy Davison.
Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from WeGotTickets (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/112288) and from the venue. Entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm for an 8pm start.


A former construction worker and sheetrock hanger from the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, Rod Picott was exposed to an eclectic mix of music growing up. His father, a former marine, owned a record collection that spanned from the marches of John Philip Sousa to the rhythm and blues of Ray Charles. His older brother, an avid record collector, introduced Rod to the punk poetry of Patti Smith and The Clash along with more mainstream acts like The Beatles and Neil Young. Throughout his late teens and early twenties Picott payed his dues bumping around the raucous and thriving local music scene that ran from Boston MA. north to Portland ME.

After a few years in busking on the streets and studying song craft in Boulder, CO 1994 saw a move to Nashville TN. Picott quickly established himself as one of the sharper penned new writers in town while hosting a weekly showcase called Rod Picott’s Fireside Whiskey Hour. Two years later Picott was invited to be the opening act for Alison Krauss and Union Station on the western swing of their 1997 tour.  In 2001 Rod Picott’s co-write “Broke Down” [released on Rounder Records by Slaid Cleaves] became the most played song on Americana radio and was awarded the song of the year award at the Austin Music Awards. Broke Down was featured in the Brian Koppelman  written and directed film “Solitary Man” starring Michael Douglas in 2010.

Rod Picott has released five solo cds and one cd with duo partner Amanda Shires all to excellent reviews, and had his songs recorded by Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Fred Eaglesmith and more. Known for his narrative melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling, whilst in the UK he will also be recording another session for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris. You can read Rod’s own thoughts and stories on the new record ‘Welding Burnshere.

quite simply another blue collar classic from Maine’s finest songwriterMaverick Magazine

The songs are both beautiful and disturbing, and are the work of an artist who deserves to be heard. I hope he sells a million copies.Mary Gauthier

the best of the current crop of Americana singer-songwritersAmericana-UK.com



The third generation of musicians out of the Dakotas, Josh Harty is never far from his roots but always inventing new ways to honor the old. His previous solo project, “A Long List of Lies” (Magnolia Recording Co.) showed it and garnered a fast following. The eleven tracks were as authentic as American music gets. Maybe that’s why “A Long List of Lies” debuted at #8 on the European Americana chart.

Growing up the son of a North Dakota Police Chief and preacher, Harty figured he was either going to jail or going to hell. He was wrong on both fronts and his gentle nature reveals this to all who know him. He’s got gratitude written all over him, including thankfulness for the music his father gave him.

By the age of 10 Harty had sung gospel and country with his father at “just about every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club, and Senior Citizen Center in North and South Dakota.” By age 12 Harty had made two records with his dad, collectively selling 10,000 copies.

These days the Madison-based artist writes and performs mostly solo but has a knack for surrounding himself with some of the best musicians in the Midwest for his recordings. Still, these are Harty’s songs all the way. “A Long List of Lies” was produced, recorded and mastered in Madison’s Smart Studios. The project captureed Harty’s clean guitar attack, a finger style that glistens with a razor’s edge. Every track is filled with the honesty of an artist who’s in it for the long haul, who’s writing music that channels his past while re- setting the present for what’s affectionately called alt-country in the U.S.A.

Latest record ‘Nowhere’ was released this summer.

there is a dignity to this music making that leaves us feeling enriched for the experienceNo Depression

” ‘Whisky and morphine have been good friends to me’ is the opening line of Josh Harty’s third album. It pretty much ensures you know right from the start that this is not going to be a cheerful album and it doesn’t disappoint. Nor does this excellent album disappoint in any other fashion, except for the simple fact that it is only seven tracks longBackroads Music

This is a release that deserves a wide audience and one that is, in its quiet way, up there with anything else you’ll hear this yearAmericana-UK.com



As part of blues/rock inspired Sheffield band The Dead Delta, Will Barstow complied a selection of songs that didn’t fit into the framework of a hardened rock band and that required a more intimate and spacious setting. Whilst the band were taking a break Barstow hit the studio to lay down some tracks that he’s since been performing acoustically. Joined by Andy Davison of another local band Socrates Johnson,  expect blues tinged, American folk and more.


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