In the five years that Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been performing as Shovels & Rope, the married musical duo has distilled their songwriting into a musical embodiment of their relationship. As is common with wizened folk singers versed in story telling, their lyrics are filled with tales of love-gone-wrong and enough hardened insights to make them come off as worn out and rusty as the found objects they use to make their music. But contrary to their toughened sound, they’re young and spry, easy on the eyes, and surely not to be missed on this tour as they promote their album Swimmin’ Time, released last month via Dualtone. Touching on hard blues, folk revivals, and early soul, their “ragged but right” looseness directly translates everything into a fluid, water-themed body of work. Roots music fans and critics love them alike, so anyone planning on seeing STOMP while visiting New York should just plan on trading in their ticket to see Shovels & Rope and call it a day.
Mon., Sept. 22, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 17, 2014