Photo Credit: Curtis Millard
Hailing from the sultry South Carolina outpost of Charleston, Shovels & Rope have spent 12 years and five studio albums exploring the nexus between country, folk, punk and indie rock. The wife-husband duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are currently touring behind By Blood, a rootsy and heartfelt meditation on balancing art and parenthood. The group has made a mark on its hometown that goes beyond its own music, having formed the High Water Festival, which this April brings names like Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten to the Lowcountry. Shovels & Rope headline the Georgia Theatre Thursday with support from Alabama blues act Early James.
SHOVELS & ROPE Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent play what they call "sloppy-tonk" music. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.
EARLY JAMES Bluesy, countrified roots-rock group from Birmingham, AL.