March 17, 2013
The first Catfish Concerts show featured the amazing performances by HalleyAnna and Rod Picott on South by Southwest Sunday, March 17, 2013. Fans, friends and family came together at week’s close to relax, remember and revel in another great festival. It was a magical and memorable night and a wonderful way to kick off the series. (photos by Brian T. Atkinson except where noted)
Rod Picott is a former construction worker from New England who traded his hammer for a guitar. Gritty and elegant, Picott’s songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. Listening to a Rod Picott album you can smell the gasoline on a mechanics hands and the perfume of lovers in dark corners. Picott has songs recorded by Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith. His last cd Welding Burns spent 10 straight weeks in the AMA Top 40.
HalleyAnna Finlay simply sings like her songs were stamped on her heart at birth. Evidence: The Country. HalleyAnna’s superb debut collection swaggers (“So Heavy”) and sways (“Fast Train”) with effortless elegance. The album, which deftly spotlights her meeting point between Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, serves as a shining introduction to a skyward bound emerging talent.