Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Enjoy Weekly Teasers of ‘The Ballad of Shovels and Rope’

Independent filmmaker Jace Freeman and his Nashville-based production company Moving Picture Boys shot and edited footage of Shovels and Rope — the multi-instrumental songwriting team of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — last year for a forthcoming release titled The Ballad of Shovels and Rope. They recently started posting a series of teasers on their Facebook page.

“We’re excited to announce that this movie is entering its final stages,” Freeman wrote on Aug. 21. “Now it’s time to reward your patience. Beginning on Aug. 28, we will release a new movie teaser or dropped scene every Wednesday until the release of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope. That’s right, you’ll get to see exclusive, never-before-seen video every damn week, so stay tuned.”


Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (provided)

This week’s mini-teaser shows Hearst and Trent belting it out with the headphones on in their home studio. Tune in every Wednesday via their Facebook page for new clips and updates.

Shovels and Rope toured heavily before and during the production of their latest album, O’ Be Joyful. Released last summer on the Dualtone label, O’ Be Joyful caught the attention and earned the praise of major publications, radio stations, and critics. After successfully completing several more long tours, the duo landed on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman in Jan.

Hearst and Trent recently recorded new material in Nashville. They’ll embark on another big road trip in early September — their first major headlining trip this year — starting in Ontario, Canada, and winding around the U.S., to California and back.

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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