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"Be prepared to fall in love with Shovels & Rope."WKSU Radio
"Best Song of the Year."American Songwriter
"The cheerful storyline will likely please fans as the narrative juxtaposes the band's hits against the couple's teasing commentary and unrehearsed slapstick"Charleston City Paper
"Emerging Artist of the Year"Americana Music Association
It aint what you got, its what you make
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope captures the tours and detours of a husband and wife as they create and release the critically acclaimed album, O' Be Joyful. From working for tips to becoming "Emerging Artist of the Year," the two-man family band uses ingenuity and hard work to create something out of nothing.
cast and crew
Whistling a similar tune, the characters in and behind the scenes dripped sweat and wrung blood to independently will this film into being with help along the way of a grassroots, crowd funding campaign. This movie is a testament to the joy of creating something out of nothing.
Shovels & rope
two-man family band
Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Combining threads from their individual solo careers, Shovels & Rope blends traditional folk, rock and roll, country rock, and punk rock.
the moving picture boys
narrative nonfiction filmmakers
The Moving Picture Boys are a two-man team composed of Jace Freeman and Sean Clark that independently shoots, edits and produces documentary projects. Paul Bannister was made an honorary Moving Picture Boy serving as a co-producer for the movie.
"As the canine accompanying the married rock duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, who call themselves Shovels & Rope, Townes van Zandt has seen many things on the road, but one thing he may never have experienced is a vibrant shade of blue..." (read more at The New Yorker)