Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform as Shovels & Rope at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Nov. 3, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
So much of the best music has been the result of human relationships gone wrong, gone right or our infinite quest to understand our own needs and desires.
Still, it’s rare to actually behold a successfully intimate relationship through music, one put on display for the sake of the songs and emotions that it can yield.
But at a recent stop in Annapolis at Rams Head on Stage, Shovels & Rope showed that it is indeed that kind of outfit, the result of a man — Michael Trent — and a woman — Cary Ann Hearst — who met almost 20 years ago and ignited a flame for one another and for making music together.
Shovels & Rope (Photo by Leslie Ryan McKellar)
Americana duo Shovels & Rope have a new album, titled Manticore, coming our way next year. Meanwhile, they perform at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, on their Bare Bones Tour. Snap up one of the few remaining tickets!
Shovels & Rope perform at Wolf Trap on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Charleston, South Carolina folk-and-country-rock duo Shovels & Rope opened the annual Wheels of Soul tour recently. Married couple Carrie Ann Hearst and Michael Trent were the first of three heads of the beast that invades Wolf Trap every July. Curated by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks (of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, who headline), the concert put a spotlight on the best of instrumental excellence and progressive, forward-thinking songwriting in Southern rock. It was a night of righteous jams and long-haired country boys.
Dawes performs at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Aug. 6, 2017. (Photo by Tim Carter)
Headlining their largest show to date, SoCal folk rock band Dawes brought their literate melodies to Wolf Trap on Thursday. The quartet of Taylor (guitar, vocals) and Griffin (drums) Goldsmith, Wylie Gerber (bass), and Lee Pardini plied their classic Laurel Canyon sound to a highly appreciative, diverse audience.