Fans of the musical group Shovels & Rope were tickled on Sept. 18 to learn that the duo won two big awards at the Americana Honors & Awards Show. The duo, consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, have a strong and growing fan base who would love for the group to gain some additional ground in becoming a household name. USA Today shared the scoop on the awards they won Wednesday.
Shovels & Rope won awards for song of the year, for “Birmingham,” and for emerging artist of the year. Those who know the story of Shovels & Rope already know just how reflective “Birmingham” is of their journey in music, and it seems fitting the song garnered them such a key nod at the awards show.
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have been married for four years and have been playing music, together and individually, for quite some time longer than that. They are currently on tour, and they are working with a team to create a a documentary of their journey called “The Ballad of Shovels and Rope.” The documentary is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the project.
As Nashville Scene points out, Cary Ann and Michael were up for more of the Americana Awards than even big-time stars Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller. Though some would consider Shovels & Rope still something of a niche underdog, it's clear their sound and story resonate both with those in the industry and those fans who are readily embracing them. Those who have seen Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform live can attest to the power of their performances and the electricity of their partnership.
Despite signs they are headed toward significant recognition to broader audiences, fans share no worries about this team remaining as authentic and passionate as they've been so far. Those who have already gotten on-board with Shovels & Rope are thrilled for their success and anxious for more.
Congratulations to Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope for their awards and success, and here's to many more years of passion and music together.