As Shovels & Rope, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent ply a white-lightning sort of rough-hewn roots-punk that stands way out from the alt-country crowd. It's dirty and raucous and fun, and has been garnering tons of airplay on WMNF. The national scene took notice last year as well—at last September's Americana Honors & Awards, Shovels & Rope took home trophies for Song of the Year (for "Birmingham") and Emerging Artist of the Year.
This is gonna be a good one, folks. Don't blow it.
Video from the twosome's NPR Tiny Desk concert below...
And a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Johnny 99" below.