Download “The Songwriter U Issue” with Shovels and Rope Cover Story


September/October marks our inaugural “Songwriter U” issue and features an in-depth cover story on Shovels and Rope, the Charleston, South Carolina-based roots rock duo made up of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. The print edition won’t hit newsstands until September 9, but tablet users don’t have to wait. Click here to purchase […]

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Shovels & Rope Ready New Album Swimmin’ Time; View The Track List

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Shovels & Rope announce Aug. 26 release date for new album Swimmin’ Time The ring-of-fire chemistry captured on Shovels & Rope’s 2012 debut album, O’ Be Joyful, turned into a river of accolades for husband-and-wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, including the No. 3 spot on American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 list […]

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The Old Settler’s Music Festival Gets It Right


The Old Settler’s Music Festival could create a serious problem.  Anyone who has been fleeced at one of the overcrowded, overpriced, college puke fests that have dominated the festival scene for the last twenty years should definitely go. Their faith in musical humanity will be restored.  But if everyone who falls into that category were to […]

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The Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s Ranch

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Good times abound at the annual Heartbreaker Banquet, held at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas. 3/13/14.

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Watch The All-Star Finale From ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013

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Tonight, PBS will air Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana, an hour-long documentary on one of our favorite genres of music. They’ll keep the party going on Saturday with Austin City Limits’ ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013, featuring musical highlights from this year’s Americana Honors and Awards. We’ve been given permission to spoil the […]

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Video Exclusive: Shovels & Rope, Lumineers Rock Austin City Limits


On October 19, Austin City Limits  will feature The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope in the most recent installment of its weekly series. The Lumineers will play, among other tracks, “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” in addition to a Bob Dylan cover. Next, South Carolina-based husband-wife duo Shovels & Rope will perform songs off of […]

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Shovels & Rope, “Birmingham”

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Before they formed Shovels & Rope, Michael Trent and Carry Ann Hearst traveled the country separately, with Hearst peddling her country tunes as a solo act and Trent serving as guitarist and frontman of the Films. They crossed paths often, both on the road and at home in Charleston, South Carolina. Eventually, the two began […]

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Heartbreaker Banquet Announces SXSW Lineup With Jim James, Shovels & Rope, More


This year at South By Southwest, head on out to “Luck, Texas” for the second annual Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch on March 14, 2013. This year’s event brings together a stunning roster of talent including rock and roll mystic Jim James, London soul phenom Michael Kiwanuka, Brooklyn country-psych guru Phosphorescent, and the only […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs Of 2012

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50. Diamond Rugs, “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” John McCauley gets drunk, finds an out-of-tune piano, and sings the loneliest, saddest Christmas carol imaginable, somehow managing to rhyme “how’s the ham?” with “moo goo gai pan.” Best part: a street-corner Santa digs a saxophone out of a dumpster and solos on the bridge. 49. Beach […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

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  50. Band of Horses: Mirage Rock Even back when Band of Horses were writing soaring and dreamy indie rock epics like “The Funeral,” beneath the shimmer and sheen of their Pacific Northwestern façade, there was a gritty, folky Southern rock band. Increasingly that’s become all the more a part of the band’s identity, and the […]

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Shovels & Rope Redux: What Happened to The Films?

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Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are at home on Johns Island for a rare break from the road. When I call up Trent one afternoon, he and Hearst are knee-deep in home improvement projects, like building a garden structure in their yard. While his band Shovels & Rope has been gaining momentum—mainly due to […]

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