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Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Shovels & Rope Return to the Charleston Music Hall in Jan.

After months of touring around the U.S., U.K., and Europe, Charleston-based duo Shovels & Rope — the multi-instrumental songwriting team of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent — will return to the Lowcountry for a two-night stint at the Charleston Music Hall this winter.

Charleston Music Hall director Charles Carmody confirmed that Hearst and Trent will perform at the downtown venue on both Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18. Show time is 8 p.m. for both nights. Texas-based indie country act Shakey Graves will open both shows.

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Shovels & Rope has completed several tours over the last year in support of their latest album O’ Be Joyful, which was released last summer on the Dualtone label. Fans are anxious to watch the forthcoming rockumentary The Ballad of Shovels & Rope this winter.

Hearst and Trent are currently on their way to Texas where they’ll perform at the Austin Ventures stage in Zilker Park on Fri. Oct. 4. Their appearance on Austin City Limits will be televised on Sat. Oct. 19 at 11 p.m. Their only other Lowcountry gig this fall or winter is a slot at the Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival on Edisto Island on Sat. Oct. 26.

Tickets for the Charleston Music Hall concerts will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Advance tickets for each night will be available for $20, and “two night bundle tickets” will run for $36. Fans may purchase tickets at Monster Music & Movies in West Ashley, Cat’s Music in Summerville, at the Charleston Music Hall box office at 37 John Street, online at or, or by phone at (800) 514-3849.

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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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