Shovels & Rope Album Set for Release August 26
Shovels & Rope are tying up the loose ends on their latest albumâ€”a 13-song effort titled Swimminâ€™ Time, set for release August 26.
The third album from the wife-husband duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent is a follow up to their 2012 breakthrough, Oâ€™ Be Joyful, which earned them both Song of the Year (â€śBirminghamâ€ť) and Emerging Artist of the Year honors at the 2013 American Music Awards.
While their previous album was recorded largely on the road, Swimminâ€™ Time (Dualtone Records) is a more studio-based recording. Press materials for the album say it maintains S&Râ€™s signature soundâ€”driving beats, dual vocals, and Southern twang--though a change of pace can be heard on such songs as â€śThe Devil Is All Around,â€ť â€śMary Ann & One-Eyed Dan, and â€śAfter the Storm.â€ť And their fondness for Tom Waits is said to come out in the dark â€śOhio.â€ť
Hearst and Trent have had a lot to "be joyful" about this year, as their last album was a critical and commercial hit, and positive word-of-mouth about their energetic live shows landed them before national audiences on The Late Show with David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Meanwhile, The Ballad of Shovels & Rope--a documentary tracing the beginnings of the band through its recording of Oâ€™ Be Joyfulâ€”is making the rounds of the film-festival circuit, having debuted in March at the Cleveland International Film Festival and followed with an April screening at the Nashville Film Festival.
For a taste of The Ballad of Shovels & Rope, check out the above clip from the film, featuring Hearst and Trent performing â€śGasoline.â€ť