Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are a husband and wife team from Charleston, S.C., who decided to pool their musical talents as Shovels & Rope after years of playing solo. The result, "O' Be Joyful," is a collection of tunes which they describe as "sloppy-tonk." Hearst says, "I got him into Townes Van Zandt and he got me into The Cramps."
I'm on my third pass through "O' Be Joyful." I expect I'll be playing this one for some time. The sounds are familiar, but I'm still hearing something fresh. This record is a blast. See what you think.