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Sunday, July 6 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Shovels & Rope

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Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags. The songs are the deadliest arrows in this bands quiver. Raw and imagined, effortless and insightful, the pair's panoramic songwriting and raucous performances drive Shovels & Rope's newest release "O' Be Joyful". Recorded in the twosome's house, backyard and van, as well as various motel rooms across America, the 11-song set offers a compelling encapsulation of Hearst and Trent's unique approach, channeling their creative chemistry.

While Hearst and Trent are both songwriters individually, "O' Be Joyful" finds them still discovering new strengths as a collaborative unit. "The songs on this album," points out Michael, "are the most we've ever written together. Many of them were birthed on the road. One of us would come up with a verse and say, 'I'm gonna drive for awhile, why don't you try to put a chorus on this?' And then we'd switch . . . kind of like our live shows."


Sunday July 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Black Sheep Stage

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