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Music: Shovels & Rope with Shakey Graves

By Brian Baker · September 17th, 2013 · CityBeat Recommends
Consider the plight of the married band duo. Personal problems follow you around on tour, professional problems haunt your home life and there’s never any break from your spouse/bandmate. Somehow Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have made it work because Shovels & Rope has quickly become one of the hottest Americana acts in the country. 

The couple’s popularity is particularly pointed in the Cincinnati area; their last few shows in the area have been sell-outs (or nearly so) and, as a result, they seem to be making regular stops here to capitalize on their spiking local popularity. 

One spin through O’ Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope’s 2012 quasi-debut, provides plenty of evidence as to what keeps drawing the faithful and converting the uninitiated.

Ranging from twangy Folk to amped-up Country to full-bore Americana stomp, Shovels & Rope channel John Doe and Exene Cervenka channeling Timbuk 3 channeling Johnny Cash and June Carter.

They play 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, with Shakey Graves at the Southgate House Revival's Sanctuary. southgatehouse.com



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