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Shovels & Rope & You Tomorrow Night

September 11th, 2013

As Shovels & Rope, married singer-songwriters (and multi-instrumentalists) Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent make country and bluegrass music from a folk-rock perspective. Thanks to their harmonies, they’ve earned comparisons to Johnny and June Carter Cash. And thanks to early tours with the likes of the Felice Brothers and Justin Townes Earle,
the Charleston, S.C., duo became road warriors before entering the studio to record their acclaimed first LP, O’ Be Joyful (stream it below), out last year. According to the Observer: “Their debut album is a delight, from the uncomplicated bluesy strut of ‘Tickin’ Bomb’ to the brass inflections on the knowingly tongue-in-cheek ‘Hail Hail.’” But it all comes together best live. So go see Shovels & Rope (above, performing “Lay Low” at Electric Lady Studios for WFUV FM) onstage tomorrow night at Webster Hall.