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Tiger Tom Dixons Blues
2001, Welding Rod Records
- Its easy to take Rod Picotts debut album and throw out the usual comparisonsA voice that evokes part John Cougar with a little of Tom Waits, the working class characters of vintage Bruce Springsteen, bluesy roots-rock that brings to mind the best of John Hiatt. Instead, take Rod Picott for what he is: A great storyteller.
The album is packed with clever turns-of-phrases and full of vivid imagery. The title track is the tale of a boxer: Tiger Tom Dixon had a gift from God / He could hit you quick, he could hit you hard. On and On tells about Romeo, whos better years were long gone at eighteen: With his red bandana, and the tattoos down his arms / he thinks he looks like Axl Rose / Yeah thats what his friends all said back in high school / Now hes wondering where all the time goes.
Slaid Cleaves fans take note: Two songs co-written by Picott and Cleaves, Broke Down and Bring It On, are on Tiger Tom Dixons Blues. (Broke Down was a number one hit on the Americana charts for Cleaves.) Picotts version has some lyrical variations from the Cleaves cut, which was the title song to Cleaves last album, Broke Down.
Billy gave Sherry a band of gold
rougher than a Bible-belt road
along came a boy pretty as the devil
she took his hand and it all unraveled
there aint no turning round
its broke down.
Bring It On is also quite different from the Cleaves version. Picotts is bluesy, laced in his gravelly vocals.
Tiger Tom Dixons Blues is a debut album that is often downright scary in the vividness of its storytelling.Michael Gaither