TRACKING: Shovels & Rope - "Hail Hail"

SOUNDS LIKE: A New Orleans parade, trombones and shimmying parade down the street

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Husband & wife team could sound like every other Americana/Folk band but clever lyrics and creative approach to instruments keeps it fresh.

Shovels & Rope is just a two piece band but you’d hardly guess it from variety of instruments used in each song. On their debut album,O’Be Joyfulfrom Dualtone Records, banjos, harmonicas, trumpets, drums and of course guitars fill out the songs.O’Be Joyfulexplores a range of musical styles, all anchored by the vocals of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Trent has a solid singing voice, but it’s Hearst, who’s twangy voice can carry a country ballad or folk tune, just as well as this New Orleans style foot-stomping, street-parade rouser, that elevates the track to unexpected heights.

You can catch Shovels & Rope touring nationally now, and at the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival in TWO WEEKS! 

Shovels & Rope is just a two piece band but you’d hardly guess it from variety of instruments used in each song. On their debut album, O’Be Joyful from Dualtone Records, banjos, harmonicas, trumpets, drums and of course guitars fill out the songs. O’Be Joyful explores a range of musical styles, all anchored by the vocals of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Trent has a solid singing voice, but it’s Hearst’s twangy voice that stands out. Perfectly suited to leading a country ballad or folk tune, Hearst doesn’t limit her voice  to these “natural” fits, as the New Orleans style foot stomp of Hail Hail” makes clear.