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Stomping, Clapping and Cheering for More

ShovelsRope1Friday February 1st, South Carolina duo, Shovels and Rope took the stage at The Sinclair in Cambridge.  It has been a few months since their last stop in Boston, but it was almost as if they never left.  The night was full of Folk, Country, and Rock & Roll music that all ages and all types of people could enjoy.  The duo performed hits off of their Album O’Be Joyful, and various other songs written by each other.  The fire and charm that this couple possessed warmed the hearts of everyone in the crowd that night.

The opener for Friday’s show was Nashville native, Andrew Combs.  Combs played a few of his country/folk tunes Friday.  There was no lack of musical talent as Combs manned his guitar and microphone over his band mates steel pedal guitar. Over all his performance was okay. If his songs had more variety from one to another it could have been a better show.

Shovels and Rope consists of the spunky Carry Anne Hearst and the mysterious Michael Trent.  Their music can only be described as a refreshing glass of water and as fiery as a shot of whiskey. What makes them and their performance so special is that there are no additives to their music. The performance consisted of their witty charm, a few guitars, harmonica, occasionally a keyboard, and a beat up drum kit adorned with dishrags. They were themselves, and they did not put on any gimmicks for the crowd.

A few favorites of the night would have to include ‘Birmingham,’ ‘Lay Low,’ ‘O’Be Joyful,’ ‘Hail Hail ’and‘ Who’s Gonna Raise These Babies.”  All of which had the crowd stomping, clapping and cheering for more.  Shovels and Rope taught Boston the southern way of music once again.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more material and shows from these two artists.  They will not disappoint.

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