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Three Nights of Shovels & Rope in New York City

October 14th, 2016

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 in 2012. Their latest LP, Little Seeds (stream it below), just came out last Friday, and it’s “an album of growth in every way,” according to PopMatters. “Hearst and Trent have grown emotionally through the joys and sorrows of recent years. Playing all the instruments here, they demonstrate their continuing growth as musicians. And Trent’s production, too, shows incredible depth and agility. The sound of this record is raw and alive. It’s a hell of a ride.” Find out how the new music sounds live when Shovels & Rope (above, performing “I Know” for KXT FM) play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday and The Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday and Wednesday. And as an added bonus, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez opens each show.