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Out in October, ‘Little Seeds’ merges personal stories with timely topics, also including the over-medicating of children

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Shovels & Rope's Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent will release 'Little Seeds' in October.

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Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, the husband-and-wife duo who perform as Shovels & Rope, will release their latest album, Little Seeds, on October 7th, and will support the release with a fall tour.

Their first for New West Records, Little Seeds will also be the duo’s first to consist largely of lyrics culled from their own true-life experiences and observations. But their literate tunes, infused with Southern Gothic elements and dark, quirky humor, remains an integral part of this, their fifth release and first in two years. Song subjects include the over-medication of children (“Johnny Come Outside”), Alzheimer’s disease (“Invisible Man”) and racial unity (“BWYR”).

Shovels & Rope’s last release, 2015’s Busted Jukebox Vol. 1, saw the couple covering the likes of  Neil Young and Elvis Costello. Their last LP of all original material, Swimmin’ Time, was released in 2014, the year they took their unique sound that in many ways owes as much to vintage punk as to classic country to Bonnaroo and to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. In 2013, they won the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist award, as well as a trophy for their song, “Birmingham.”

Little Seeds was recorded in the couple’s Charleston, South Carolina, home studio. Produced by Trent, he and his wife wrote all the songs and played every instrument. See the album’s track list below, followed by a list of their fall tour dates.

Little Seeds track listing:

“I Know”

“Botched Execution”

“St Annes Parade”

“The Last Hawk”

“Buffalo Nickel”

“Mourning Song”

“Invisible Man”

“Johnny Come Outside”

“Missionary Ridge”

“San Andreas Fault Line Blues”


“Eric’s Birthday”

“This Ride”

Shovels & Rope Fall Tour 2016:

September 29th – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

September 30th – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue

October 3rd – Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theater

October 5th – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

October 6th and 7th – Chicago @ Thalia Hall

October 8th – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre

October 10th – Detroit @ St. Andrew’s Hall

October 11th – Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

October 13th – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

October 14th – Boston @ House of Blues

October 15th – Philadelphia @ Union Transfer

October 17th – Brooklyn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 18th and 19th – Manhattan @ Bowery Ballroom

October 21st – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

October 22nd – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater

October 23rd – Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage

November 2nd – Los Angeles @ Fonda Theatre

November 3rd and 4th – San Francisco @ The Fillmore

November 5th – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

November 9th – Vancouver, Canada @ Commodore Ballroom

November 11th – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music

November 12th – Seattle @ Showbox SoDo

November 13th – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma

November 15th – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

November 17th – Salt Lake City @ The Depot

November 18th and 19th – Denver @ Ogden Theatre

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