The 2016 River House Restuarant Concert Series in Prescott Park, downtown Portsmouth.
Winners of multiple Americana Music Awards and favorites of festivals like Newport and Lollapalooza, this South Carolina based duo’s amazing live shows have solidified their reputation among audiences across the country.
It’s not all that unusual for musicians to talk the talk about taking a less-is-more approach to their work – but it’s rare for artists to really walk the walk, and apply that philosophy across the board. Over the better part of a decade, Shovels & Rope have done just that, cutting unnecessary frills from their records, not to mention the very way they live their musical lives.
Misissippi-born, Nashville-bred Cary Ann Hearst and Texas-born, Colorado-raised Michael Trent forged singular paths as solo artists before connecting – both musically and personally – in Charleston, South Carolina. While they both had burgeoning solo careers, they quickly found both their voices – which entwine with eerie beauty in their haunting harmonies – and philosophies matched up perfectly, and a beautiful partnership was born.
Their live shows have played a huge part in building Shovels & Rope’s reputation among audiences and their peers – the latter of whom voted the duo in for two 2013 Americana Music Awards, Emerging Artist of the Year as well as Song of the Year.