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– Hilton Peeples, Roots N Blues N BBQ Staff

I went to see Shovels & Rope! AGAIN.

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Alum, Shovels & Rope, played in Kansas City last week at Knuckleheads Saloon. I was among the people fortunate enough to attend: watching the magic that happens between those two truly does feel like a privilege. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels & Rope is constructed of husband & wife duo, Cary-Ann Hearst & Michael Trent. Two people, about 10 instruments, a whole bunch of love, and a really unique sound. Their ability to tell and retell stories is something to be envied. After getting married in 2009, the couple continued to work on their solo careers. It wasn’t until a drive from Nashville to Birmingham that Hearst and Trent decided Shovels & Rope was a more powerful force than either one of them could be on their own.

Hearst & Trent wrote and recorded their newest album, “Little Seeds,” shortly after they welcomed their first baby, Louisiana Jane, into the world in September of 2015. It was released in October of 2016, and we were lucky enough to host them at Roots N Blues N BBQ just a week before that release. “Little Seeds” is full of songs with heart, soul and passion. My favorite is “St. Anne’s Parade,” which embraces life’s messiness and the beauty of both joy and sadness.

Knuckleheads was a packed house last Thursday and these two blew the minds of every person standing in the Garage. I am continually amazed by their ability to sound like a 5 piece band when there are only two people standing up there. I mean come on guys share the talent a little. These two bring Folk & Rock n’ Roll together in the perfect mix, and I loved being there to witness it all again last week. I know we sure enjoyed having them here in Columbia last year! We promise you will find something about them that makes you fall in love.

If you want to continue your newfound Shovels & Rope obsession, you should watch “The Ballad of Shovels & Rope” here: I’ve watched it more times than I am proud to admit.