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Third Man Records to Release Shovels and Rope Covers

'Sloppy tonk' duo take on Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits

March 19, 2013 3:25 PM ET
Shovels and Rope
Shovels & Rope
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Jack White's Third Man Records is set to release a new single on their Blue Series from Charleston, South Carolina, duo Shovels and Rope, who aptly describe themselves as "sloppy tonk." 

Brittany Howard Teams with Third Man Records for New Single 

Out April 2nd on iTunes and in record stores, the single features two covers: a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Johnny 99" on Side A, and a version of Tom Waits' "Bad as Me" on Side B. You can check out the duo's rendition of "Johnny 99" below, which turns Springsteen's sparse, acoustic-and-harmonica original into a jaunty number with a rollicking piano two-step and tick tack percussion, all carried by singer Carry Ann Hearst's dry, sobering wail. 

The tracks are available now for presale on the Third Man website.

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