We felt like keeping it raw this week with some good ol' American Folk music from the fabulous duo "Shovels & Rope". Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, a husband and wife duo based in Charleston, South Carolina may not get fancy with after effects in the studio, but their music is anything but simple and basic.
If you are lucky enough to attend one of their live shows, you will find on stage a base and snare drum, an acoustic guitar and possibly a keyboard. Throughout their performance, Cary Ann and Michael both spontaneously switch between the instruments to keep things interesting. Shovels & Rope have released their last couple of albums through Dualtone, who signed them just after seeing a live set. A cover-to-cover listening session of their LP wasn't even necessary.
Shovels & Rope recorded their most recent album in their home, and we can't help but feel the intimacy. But why are their songs so darn catchy? It's impossible not to tap your foot to their rhythmic and honest tunes, but Hearst also believes that "it does the listener a lot of good to have a song that is not about somebody, but everybody", which you will find from listening to their music.
So without further ado, it is our pleasure to show you their song: "The Devil Is All Around". The song begins with a gospel-like sound, but the freedom and grittiness of country, bluegrass and rock & roll are undeniable when the main melody kicks in. Like the majority of their songs, Shovels & Rope feature their characteristic snare drum/acoustic guitar combination.
We picture this track in a featured moment. It's too bold and scrappy to be pushed to the back of a visual. Being that this song could be about "everybody", there is a lot of room for personal interpretation. Regardless, the scene should depict the raw honesty of the song, and could even be played against a more literal picture set in an old western town.
"The Devil Is All Around" can be found on their fantastic album "Swimmin' Time", but we highly recommend you check out their entire repertoire.