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Shovels & Rope announce "Manticore"

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – Shovels & Rope will release a new album, "Manticore," on Feb. 18, 2022 on Dualtone.

Originally planned as a stripped-down, acoustic-leaning release, the songs on "Manticore" were written before the pandemic but recorded during COVID. As a result, the duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst reimagined the initial arrangements resulting in 10 new songs.

Opening the album is the first single "Domino," which looks at the legend surrounding the death of James Dean. The song finds the late actor's ghost looking down, wondering why America still holds onto him so tightly. The song serves as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on how we look at celebrity in our country.

The duo also will be touring. Acoustic tour dates are:
Nov. 2 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Nov. 3 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
Nov. 5 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios
Nov. 6 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios
Nov. 7 – Ithaca, NY – The Hangar
Nov. 9 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club
Nov. 10 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart's Opera House
Nov. 12 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
Nov. 13 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
Nov. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – The Parkway Theater
Nov. 17 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Nov. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Ludlow Garage
Nov. 20 – Louisville, KY – Old Forester's Paristown Hall

U.S. and Europen dates are:
March 22 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
March 23 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
March 25 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
March 26 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
March 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
March 31 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
April 1 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
April 2 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
April 3 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
April 5 – Albany, NY – The Egg
April 6 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 8 – South Orange, NJ – South Orange Performing Arts Center
April 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
April 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
April 13 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater
April 15 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
April 16 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
June 10 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Americana
June 11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Americana
June 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen Americana
June 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Nochtspeicher
June 15 – Groningen, The Netherlands – De Oosterpoort
June 16 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso
June 17 – Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom – Black Deer Festival
June 19 – Manchester, United Kingdom – The Deaf Institute
June 20 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Saint Luke's
June 21 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club
June 22 – London, United Kingdom – Islington Assembly Hall


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