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Download a free music sampler from Shovels & Rope

Photo by Molly Hayes
Photo by Molly Hayes

Shovels & Rope who return for a WXPN Welcomes show to Union Transfer on September 24th, are releasing a new album, Swimmin’ Time, on August 26. The self-described phrase of “sloppy tonk” is a perfect way to explain the music of the Charleston, South Carolina-based duo, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They’re a high energy, roots rocking two-piece band who play beat up guitars, harmonica, keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit. They make more noise (in a good way) than a five piece band, and their live shows are incredibly fun.

The band’s new album two years after the band released their acclaimed debut, O’ Be Joyful. Below, via Noistrade, download a sampler of songs from their debut and the 2008 collection they released under their names before taking on the moniker of Shovels & Rope, and a video of a new song, “The Devil Is All Around” they performed at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention this past May.

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WXPN Welcomes Shovels & Rope to Union Transfer in September

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Husband and wife indie-folk/roots rock duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent – Shovels & Rope – are playing Union Transfer on Wednesday, September 24th with opening act, singer-songwriter John Fulbright. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 20th at Noon. The band is releasing a new album, Swimmin’ Time, on August 26th.

Inspired by Woody Guthrie, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, the Cramps, and the soulful harmonies of Johnny Cash and June Carter, the Charleston, SC duo debuted with O’ Be Joyful in 2012 that channeled country, bluegrass, and blues through a raw, confident, punk rock filter.

Below, watch Shovel & Rope’s live version of a new song, “The Devil Is All Around,” that they performed at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention this past May.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Toy Soldiers at Johnny Brenda’s, Steve Gunn at Little Berlin, XPN Welcomes Shovels & Rope at Union Transfer and more

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Toy Soldiers celebrate the release of The Maybe Boys at Johnny Brenda’s.  The local roots / rock outfit recorded the LP with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) this year,  capturing most of the songs in a live set-up.  Live is the best way to experience the band – they’ve clocked in hundreds of shows on the road and know how to get the crowd invested.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Check out Toy Soldiers’ Key Studio Session from earlier this week here and watch them perform “Tell the Teller” and “Forget How it Used to Be” below.

Steve Gunn returns to his home city for a show with Cian Nugent and Chris Forsyth at Little Berlin tonight.  The guitarist / singer has reached a new audience with his latest Time Off release, which he put out earlier this year through Paradise of Bachelors.  As he proved at the record’s release show in June, Gunn has a knack for blending playing styles from all over the world in an enthralling and transcendent way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch Gunn’s Tiny Desk Concert, presented by NPR Music.

Cold Roses headline MilkBoy Philly tonight.  The gravely-voiced local band released its debut EP The Georgia Fugue earlier this year and recently followed it up with August’s “The One You Love” single, taken from an upcoming LP.  Cold Roses echo the hard-lived grit of deep country rock but temper the edge with upbeat, danceable melodies.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Listen to “Lose That Man” below.

XPN welcomes Shovels and Rope to Union Transfer.  The husband and wife duo have toured with Dawes, Jack White and Justin Townes Earle since releasing their debut LP O’ Be Joyful but are striking out on a headlining tour across the States this fall.  Based in South Carolina, Shovels & Rope perform foot-stomping , twangy and heartfelt country that is easy to sing along to.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch the band perform “Gasoline” below.

Also happening: Hard Skin at Boot & Saddle; Randall Bramblett at the Sellersville Theater; Cheers Elephant at Ortlieb’s.  Tickets and information for all shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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My Morning Download: “Hail Hail” by Shovels & Rope

ShovelsandRope Today, we’re circling back to the debut album by Shovels and Rope, O’ Be Joyful that came out last July, 2012 for today’s download, “Hail Hail.” Since the release of the collection, the South Carolina husband and wife team of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been touring incessantly, winning over fans with their rootsy repertoire and captivating live shows. The band is still out on the road and will return to Philly on September 2 at Union Transfer, where they played back in March. Tickets are on sale at noon on Friday here.

Click here to download “Hail Hail.”

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Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise, Patty Griffin, Valerie June, Shovels and Rope top Philadelphia Folk Fest’s 2018 lineup

Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise at NonCOMM 2018 | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival returns for its 57th year this August, and just announced its initial lineup, led by famed country singer-songwriter Wynonna Judd and her current band The Big Noise.

After appearing at the 2015 NonCOMM-vention, Judd and the band released their self-titled debut, Wynonna and the Big Noise, in 2016; the album featured collaborations with Derek Trucks, Sudan Tedeschi, Rapheal Saadiq and more.

Also high up in the festival billing are veteran Austin singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, emerging Memphis artist Valerie June, and the high-energy Charleston duo Shovels and Rope. Festival regulars David Bromberg QuintetChris SmitherJohn GorkaBeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet also perform. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Foundry, Moor Mother at The Pharmacy, Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer and more…

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Mick Jenkins | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Shovels and Rope had a rousing hootenanny at Union Transfer

Shovels and Rope | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shovels and Rope | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

The ability of two people to rock a venue like Union Transfer from the stage all the way to the back of the balcony is certainly rare. On Wednesday night Shovels & Rope showed they can do this from their first notes to the last in a rousing hootenanny before a packed house.

Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are husband and wife and the duo of Shovels & Rope. Switching from drums to guitar and back throughout the night, they show great versatility. Their love for music and each other shines through as well. Continue reading →