Charleston, SC natives, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst make up the fun, folky duo Shovels and Rope that will be gracing the stage at Stagecoach on April 27th, 2014. Their music is a sparse mix of guitar and kick drums, with a smattering of tambourines and harmonicas, mostly built on their spot on harmonies and gritty vocals. Hearst can go from twangy, melodic country to rocking, breathy belting in a single bound, making their music a dynamic listen despite the subtle instrumentation. Trent brings a warmth and kindness to the music, his deep baritone the backbone to so many of the harmonies, yet beautiful enough to stand on it’s own.
Their tracks are infused with such a strong mix of genre’s that it’s hard to pin them down. One moment they’re full blown Americana with effortless finger picking on their acoustic guitars and the next they’re a bluesy sort of jazz, infused with horns and rambling harmonies. Their first album, O’Be Joyful is as fun as the name makes it sound, upbeat and classic, bringing the listener on a languid musical adventure while remaining homey enough to feel as though you’re listening on a front porch in the middle of summer.
2014 finds them on tour with another popular americana band, Hurray For The Riff Raff, a show you’ll definitely want to check out if it’s coming to a town near you. Check out the tour dates at their official website! If you’ll be at Stagecoach, be sure to catch their set on Sunday, April 27th, 2014.
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