Last Night: Shovels and Rope Rein in Rock Music

Before rock musicians began turning up their amplifiers as loud as they could and roaring into microphones, there was something like what Charleston, South Carolina two-piece Shovels and Rope have. Take a subtle, grungy guitar tone, pair it with a kick drum and snare, and you’ve got the simple framework for married couple Michael Trent’s low croon and Cary Ann Hearst’s sweet, Southern voice to harmonize.