It’s safe to say Shovels and Rope’s latest, “Little Seeds,” is unlike their previous albums. For the October release, South Carolina duo, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, found themselves writing in the full glare of life’s sadness and beauty, dealing with the birth of their daughter, the death of a friend and the slow loss of aging parents. So, among the barroom boogie, country rock, and finely tuned balladry, there are some very personal tales.
“This one is a little bit different for us,” admits Trent, speaking with Hearst from Detroit, just after sound check. “We’re usually into more character based writing. This time around we had a lot of personal stories to tell. We didn’t plan on it; it was just there and that’s how it turned out.”
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