The path South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope have been blazing of late is one that has been filled with awards and a victorious rise in the ranks of the Americana ladder.
While many critics and fans saw the success coming, it was witnessed by many at last year’s Americana Music and Honors Awards at the Ryman Auditorium when the group took home awards for “Emerging Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for the track “Birmingham.”
“We were pretty surprised. We take pride in it musically and get behind it. We’re happy that people are picking it up and feeling attached to it,” Michael Trent said about the success of O Be Joyful during a previous interview.
With many accolades under the belt now, the group is scheduled to perform with up and coming band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, at Cannery Ballroom on Feb. 26 in Nashville, Tenn. as part of their headlining tour.
The husband and wife duo of Carry Ann Hearst and Trent hail from Charleston, S.C. and they perform with distinct Southern fluency and unrefined energy that is most assuredly agreeable to any party involved.
In their early years, Trent and Hearst had settled in Charleston, S.C of all places on the map.
Hearst was a Mississippi native, but she moved to Nashville, Tenn. where she attended high school but then moved toward Charleston in 1997 upon graduation.
It was here she met Trent, who was a Colorado native and was in town and they met while touring.
“I had a good band and a steady gig, and I just hung out in Charleston, working and playing in bars. One thing led to another and we eventually ended up being married,” Hearst said about the group’s beginnings.
Since last speaking with Shovels & Rope, the duo has recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio as part of the Blue Series, performed on Austin City Limits and will be part of the upcoming fourth season of the highly regarded Bluegrass Underground series at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tenn.
Whatever their next step may be, the group always appears poised to accept it graciously and move forward in their progression as a band.
Joining Shovels & Rope on their tour is New Orleans based group, Hurray for the Riff Raff. In similar fashion, the group fronted by Alynda Lee Segarra is on the rise with the release of their album, Small Town Heroes.
A mix of American roots music; Segarra has a knack to tackle any subject matter that surrounds her as evidenced in the lead track “I Know it’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).”
After performing in Nashville, the tour extends into Birmingham, Ala. and Atlanta, Ga. before returning to Rhythm & Brews in Chattanooga, Tenn. on March 2.