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Shovels & Rope

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8:00 PM—The Oxford American is excited to welcome Shovels & Rope to the South on Main stage! This is a special addition to our 2017-18 Concert Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This show is made possible in part by Byron & Cindy Waylan.

Tickets are available via, or by calling (800) 293-5949, beginning Friday, June 9 at noon. Tickets are $30 (General Admission), $36 (Reserved), and $38 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart).

Little Seeds, the electrifying New West Records bow by Shovels & Rope, finds the award-winning South Carolina duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst exploring fresh dimensions in their sound with a brace of bold, candid, and highly personal new songs.

The twelve-song collection, produced by Trent at the couple’s home studio in Charleston, succeeds 2014’s Swimmin’ Time and 2012’s O’ Be Joyful; the latter title garnered the twosome Americana Music Awards for Song of the Year (for “Birmingham”) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last year’s Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as The Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson, and Butch Walker.

On the new release, Trent and Hearst, as ever, play all of the instruments and penned all of the material, which range from stomping rockers to delicate acoustic-based numbers. Many of Little Seeds’s finely crafted and reflective new songs—completed in the late summer of 2015—are drawn from tumultuous events experienced by the couple over the course of the last two years.

Both Trent and Hearst acknowledge that making Little Seeds took the band into previously unexplored and even unimagined creative terrain.

“It was cathartic,” says Trent. “There were some songs we had trouble getting through because it was too emotional for us. That’s not really how we had approached songwriting in the past—we got really into writing character-based songs on Swimmin’ Time. For Little Seeds, this is what was going on, and it was all consuming, physically and emotionally, and I feel like we couldn’t help but to be very raw and honest.”

Hearst says, “At a certain point in your relationship, professional or personal, you think it’s maybe run its course—‘We can’t possibly write more together than we have in the past. We can’t possibly live closer than we have in the past. We can’t possibly understand each other more.’ But in the last couple of years, that has happened. We have become even more intimate as writing partners, and in life, collaboratively. It showed me that there were new depths to conquer in our creative life and our personal life and our family life. It’s all deeper and wider than I could ever have imagined it. Which is great.”