Shovels & Rope announce soph CD
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
– Shovels & Rope, the duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, are set to release their sophomore album "Swimmin' Time" (Dualtone Music) on Aug. 26.
The disc is the follow up to the band's 2012 debut "O' Be Joyful," which garnered much praise. Shovels & Rope took home two of the top honors, Song of the Year ("Birmingham") and Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards.
While "O' Be Joyful" was recorded at home, in hotel rooms, in their van and throughout their travels, the band remained stationary by recording "Swimmin' Time" at their home studio in Charleston, S.C. with Trent again producing. The release contains 13 new songs. "The Devil Is All Around" is the first release.
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