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.