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Shovels & Rope opts for time

Monday, May 5, 2014 – Shovels & Rope will release its sophomore album "Swimmin' Time" (Dualtone Music) on Aug. 26.

"Swimmin' Time" is the follow up to the band's 2012 breakthrough debut "O' Be Joyful."

Shovels & Rope, the husband-and-wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, took home two of the top honors, Song of the Year ("Birmingham") and Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards.

While "O' Be Joyful" was recorded at home, in hotel rooms, in their van and throughout their travels, the band remained stationary by recording "Swimmin' Time" at their home studio in Charleston, S.C. with Trent again producing.

The disc features 13 new songs, including the harmonies of "The Devil Is All Around," the quirky "Mary Ann & One-Eyed Dan" and the Waits-ian "Ohio."

The band spent the better part of 2012 and 2013 touring almost non-stop, spreading its blend of country, punk, rock and folk.

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Busted Jukebox Vol. 1 CD review - Busted Jukebox Vol. 1
Leave it to Americana duo Shovels and Rope to release one of the better albums of the second half of 2015! And all with the help of some classic tunes and a bevy of friends to help them out. It ends up being an extremely fun, breezy romp through songs that shouldn't sound as perky as they do. Yet after the initial moments of Neil Young's "Unknown Legend" with Shakey Graves assisting them, the listener gets the sense they've fallen into something well worth repeated listens. »»»
O' Be Joyful
Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, the South Carolina duo that refer to themselves somewhat obliquely as Shovels and Rope, make a decidedly assertive impression with "O' Be Joyful," their first foray on an actual record label and first effort to gain noticeable acclaim. Relying on no more than a pair of guitars, rudimentary percussion, harp and only an occasional keyboard, they create a vivid down home impression that incorporates elements of folk, country, bluegrass, primal rock »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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