Shovels & Rope Coming To The Ludlow Garage On 4/8

Shovels & Rope, Indianola


Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH

7pm doors, 8:30pm show, Buy Tickets

Acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope will perform at Ludlow Garage on April 8 in support of their latest album By Blood (2019, Dualtone Music). Known for their honest, literate and narrative-driven songwriting, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) inject raw and fiercely passionate emotion into their incendiary live performances. The husband and wife team have built a reputation as boldly honest, heart-on-sleeve artists who put everything into their craft. View the NPR Music First Listen Feature for more insight, and watch the new music video for “Mississippi Nuthin'” via Rolling Stone Country HERE.

“…a band constantly in motion, creating fresh ventures to the left of center and never looking back over their collective shoulders.” – American Songwriter

As storytellers, Shovels & Rope create cinematic vignettes built around flawed characters who strive for greatness but are often overtaken by their shortcomings. With songs that portray messages of hope, love, and an unbreakable familial bond, By Blood features the strong, yet vulnerable approach and Southern-infused roots/rock/punk style that has defined Shovels & Rope’s career (listen to “Mississippi Nuthin'” and “Carry Me Home” via Billboard). As with their previous work, the new album was produced by Michael Trent and recorded at their in-home studio, with the duo performing nearly all instruments on the tracks. By Blood is the follow up to the group’s 2016 release Little Seeds, which garnered critical praise including The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, Paste, Noisey and much more. (View Highlights).

“The duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent display a tightness on the album that transcends typical bandmate cohesion. Married for a decade, the two are perfectly in step on every track…” – Associated Press

10 years in, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are a fierce little family band and business that show no signs of slowing down. Along with By Blood, in August 2019 the duo released their film “Shovels & Rope: The Movie”, turning the concert film format on its head – watch the trailer via Rolling Stone Country HERE. 2020 will mark the fourth year of Hearst and Trent’s annual High Water Festival, which takes place in their hometown of Charleston, SC in April (More Info). In an ever-changing music business and media landscape, Shovels & Rope continue to evolve, exploring new ways to express their creativity while maintaining the highest levels of integrity. Their latest release By Blood just affirms that we are all the better for it.