Shovels & Rope

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What is Shovels & Rope?

Shovels and Rope is a Charleston, SC band consisting of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Formed in 2010, they sing harmony driven folk, rock and country songs using two old guitars, a kick drum, a snare, a few tambourines, harmonicas, and and maybe a little keyboard sometimes.  They tour constantly as a two piece, making as much noise as they can.

Where did the name ‘Shovels & Rope’ come from?

Great question!  The name Shovels & Rope comes from the title of a record by Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent called Shovels & Rope. It’s a pretty good record featuring several murder ballads where some characters were hanging and others were doing the burying, so the title seemed apt. It now serves as the official moniker of the band.

Also – the name of the band is not ‘Shovels & Ropes’.   it’s just one long length of rope, of which you can cut off appropriate lengths to accommodate whatever job necessitates having it.

How did ‘it’ get started?

We met in Athens, GA 2003 on tour with Jump Little Children.  Years later we put together a band to make some money in the bars in Charleston.  We went on the road in late 2010 and have been traveling since then.

How do you describe your music?

I don’t know anyone that particularly likes to describe their own music.  Some might say “Rock & Roll” or “Country” or “Alt something” or “Americana”.   Others might say  ”Hey, go have a listen..  maybe you can form a suitable description that pleases you, and leave us out of it”.  It’s an understandably common question, but we urge you to dig deeper, friends.  Ask about a particular song or how something was recorded or our opinion on the Triceratops vs the Torosaurus debate.