Shovels and Rope have a lot to ‘Be Joyful’ about

When asked how long they have been together, Hearst, left coyly answers “as long as I care to remember.”

Husband and wife team Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have spent the
last five years in their van. The Charleston, S.C. couple, who perform
rousing country folk under the moniker of Shovels & Rope insist that
they wouldn’t have it any other way. “We knew that we wanted to be on
the road together —and not separately,” says Hearst.

The telepathic connection that they share as musicians carries through
into their personal relationship. “We call each other the Wonder Twins,”
says Hearst. “We can tell who is struggling or what they are struggling
with at that moment without really talking about it.”

The hard work and harmony (both on and off the stage) has been paying
off lately. In August, they were playing small clubs and this week they
hit Lettermen on Wednesday, followed by a string of sold-out shows in
Boston, Philadelphia and New York.

The key to this sudden success is their mid-2012 release “O’ Be Joyful,”
the duo’s first release as Shovels & Rope (their 2008 debut was
released under their full names with “Shovels & Rope” as the title)
and a lo-fi country gem ripe for discovery.

As for their charmingly rough-shod arrangements, immortalized in the
lyrics of their stomping barn-burner “Birmingham” (where the two sing of
“making something out of nothing” with “two old guitars like a shovel
and rope”), Hearst demurely says that it was fate, not choice, that led
them down the minimalist path.

“[The arrangements] had done the trick for us in the bars and had earned
us a relatively comfortable living,” says Hearst. “We try to make the
it exciting using whatever our four arms and four legs and voices can
do.”

Shovels & Rope
with Andrew Combs
Thursday, Jan. 31
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St, New York
$15, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Shovels & Rope
with Andrew Combs
Friday, Feb. 1
The Sinclair
52 Church St, Cambridge
$12 -$15, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Shovels & Rope
with Andrew Combs, mechanical river
Saturday, Feb. 2
World Cafe Live Downstairs
3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia
$12-$15, 215-222-1400
www.ticketfly.com


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Body of 9-year-old boy found atop scaffolding around…

Police found the body of a 9-year-old boy atop scaffolding at his high-rise apartment building in the Bronx late Wednesday.

Local

Winners of the 2014 #NYCPoetweet contest

Every year, Metro partners with the mayor's office to promote Poem in your Pocket Day with a Twitter contest. Here are the winning entries.

Local

Where to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day…

Here are some ways you can get poetic today and for the rest of April, National Poetry Month.

International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

Television

Jodie Foster married girlfriend Alexandra Hedison this weekend

No need to rely on cryptic Golden Globe speeches for your movie star sexual orientation questions anymore: Jodie Foster is married to a lady. Foster…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

MLB

Jets 2014 regular season schedule

The Jets will play three prime-time games — against the Bears, Patriots and Dolphins — as well as a CBS national game in Week 2 at Green Bay.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."