A true power couple

Shovels & Rope are actually husband-and-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst – he plays guitars and sings, she plays drums and sings. Unlike other memorable guitar/drums duos, such as The White Stripes, the balance here is properly 50/50 and the harmonies of Trent and Hearst entwine like a couple who really do spend their lives together. On record they're at their most moving when breaking out the ballads, but they know how to rock out too. Latest record 'Little Seeds' allows them to offer up some rock 'n' roll protest, plus they put on a pretty energetic live set too.

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