SHOVELS & ROPE
LUCINDA WILLIAMS SUPPORT SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
END OF THE ROAD & MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVALS
NEW ALBUM ‘LITTLE SEEDS’ OUT NOW
Critically acclaimed husband & wife duo Shovels & Rope, who released their new album ‘Little Seeds’ on New West Records in October, will play a string of UK shows next month.
Fri 1st September – End of the Road Festival Salisbury
Sat 2nd September – Moseley Folk Festival Moseley
Sun 3rd September – Shepherd’s Bush Empire London w/ Lucinda Williams
Known for their honest, raw and highly distinctive sound, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) have made their most personal and powerful album yet. As songwriters, Hearst and Trent have earned a reputation as gifted storytellers. The main distinction between their prior work and Little Seeds, is that the stories here are true and inspired by their own experiences and observations.
Little Seeds reflects a pivotal and tumultuous time in their lives, and in our society. With song titles such as ‘Botched Execution’, ‘Mourning Song’, ‘The Last Hawk’ and subject matters ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (‘Invisible Man’) to over-medicating children (‘Johnny Come Outside’) to racial unity (‘BWYR’) , one might think Little Seeds is a hopeless and depressing work, which would be highly inaccurate. Shovels & Rope’s penchant for writing literate, Southern Gothic infused songs that exude a dark humour, deep sentiment and the celebration of the genuine, quirky and beautiful things in life has never shined brighter than it does on Little Seeds.
Like most of their previous material, Little Seeds was recorded in the couple’s Charleston, SC home studio, and produced by Trent. Hearst and Trent wrote all the songs and played every instrument. Little Seeds is the follow up to their acclaimed 2014 release Swimmin’ Time, which debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200, #5 on the rock chart and #6 on the independent chart. The duo, who were nominated in four categories at the Americana Music Awards, winning ‘Song of the Year’ (‘Birmingham’) and ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’, were the subject of a documentary ‘The Ballad of Shovels & Rope’, which chronicles the band’s humble beginnings through the release of ‘O’ Be Joyful’ and premiered at the Nashville Film Festival.
WATCH ‘ I KNOW’ VIDEO: https://youtu.be/h3LUm01XcDM