Released 6th May 2013
The band, consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, released their first record through Jack White's Third Man Records before signing with Nashville's Dualtone.
Recorded in the duo's house, backyard and van, as well as various motel rooms across America, 'O' Be Joyful' offers a compelling encapsulation of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent's raw, insightful songwriting and raucous performances.
Since 2010, Shovels & Rope have been travelling the highways and back roads of North America, logging hundreds of shows and performing for crowds large and small.
The band have already been highly praised for their live shows, which use only their voices, a few old drums, and two guitars. They are a force to be reckoned with!
While Hearst and Trent are both songwriters individually and were married before they married their songwriting, O' Be Joyful finds them still discovering new strengths as a collaborative unit.
"The songs on this album," Michael points out, "are the most we've ever written together. Many of them were birthed on the road. One of us would come up with a verse and say, 'I'm gonna drive for awhile, why don't you try to put a chorus on this?' And then we'd switch... kind of like our shows."