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Amanda Shires and Rob Picott on Cosmic American Jamboree

Amanda Shires and Rob Picott Live
on the Cosmic American Jamboree
Thursday, August 20, 2009, Noon-2pm

Nashville singers/songwriters Amanda Shires and Rod Picott will perform live on the Cosmic American Jamboree on Thursday, August 20th, between noon and 2 PM.

Amanda was already playing fiddle with Tommy Allsup and The Texas Playboys at the age of 16. From there, Shires went on to be one of the founding members of Lubbock, TX’s Thrift Store Cowboys, releasing 3 albums independently and reaching the top ten on many CRS charts around the country as well as becoming the number one selling act in 2007 for the internet retailer Miles of Music. In demand as a side player and studio musician, Amanda has worked with Texas legends Billy Joe Shaver and Gary P Nunn. Her facility across a range of styles has lead her to work Folk/Bluegrass favorites The Rowen Brothers and Buddy Spicher, just to name a few.

Rod grew up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, and was a childhood friend of Slaid Cleaves where the two first learned to love music. Through his teens and early twenties Picott played the thriving local music scene that ran from Boston MA. north to Portland ME. From there, he moved to Boulder, Colorado and then to Nashville in 1994 where he continued to develop his songwriting skills. Beginning in 2001, he released several solo albums and collaborated on or produced others to critical acclaim.

Rod and Amanda met at the Folk Alliance Conference in Austin Tx. in 2006 and, over the following 2 years, they toured throughout the States and Europe playing more than 150 shows together. In the winter of 2008 they began recording their debut duo project, an acoustic recording featuring their vocals, Picott's guitar and Shires' fiddle and ukulele titled "Sew Your Heart with Wires,". The album received rave reviews, reached #7 on the Euro Americana Chart and was voted #4 Best Debut of 2008 by the FAR Chart radio reporters.

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