Shovels & Rope Album Set for Release August 26

Posted on May 7, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

Shovels & Rope are tying up the loose ends on their latest album—a 13-song effort titled Swimmin’ 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, O’ Be Joyful, which earned them both Song of the Year (“Birmingham”) and Emerging Artist of the Year honors at the 2013 American Music Awards.

While their previous album was recorded largely on the road, Swimmin’ Time (Dualtone Records) is a more studio-based recording. Press materials for the album say it maintains S&R’s signature sound—driving beats, dual vocals, and Southern twang--though a change of pace can be heard on such songs as “The Devil Is All Around,” “Mary Ann & One-Eyed Dan, and “After the Storm.” And their fondness for Tom Waits is said to come out in the dark “Ohio.”

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 O’ Be Joyful—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 “Gasoline.”

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