1 of 5

View slideshow i

Mountain Stage

Shovels And Rope On Mountain Stage




  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/177929099/177326316" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Shovels and Rope makes its first-ever appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. South Carolina natives Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst began playing music together in 2010, and in the years since, they've won the hearts of many roots-music fans, thanks in no small part to the married couple's heartfelt songwriting and passionate live performances.

Taking advantage of unique tools and an unorthodox setup to create their "garage folk" sound, the two have been known to take turns behind a junkyard drum kit salvaged from an actual junkyard, along with guitars, harmonicas and assorted percussive devices.

This set opens with the duo's breakout song, "Birmingham," and includes "Kemba's Got the Cabbage Moth Blues" and "Tell the Truth," which were not heard during the radio broadcast.

Set List
  • "Birmingham"
  • "Kemba's Got The Cabbage Moth Blues"
  • "Gasoline"
  • "Tell The Truth"
  • "Keeper"
  • "All Those Words"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Folk

Tiny Desk Concert with The Wild Reeds Julia Reihs/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Julia Reihs/NPR

Tiny Desk

The Wild Reeds

Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special.

Ryley Walker performs live at the Woods Stage at the 2015 Pickathon festival. Bruce Ely/Pickathon hide caption

toggle caption Bruce Ely/Pickathon

Favorite Sessions

Ryley Walker, 'Summer Dress' (Live)


Watch the psychedelic-folk guitarist play an extended version of "Summer Dress" at Pickathon 2015.

Rhiannon Giddens. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Rhiannon Giddens On Mountain Stage

The masterful Carolina Chocolate Drops singer draws on the music of trailblazing women.

Listen Loading… 30:56
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/452317313/452318005" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Tiny Desk Concert with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg. Lani Milton/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Lani Milton/NPR

Tiny Desk

Joan Shelley

As technology rules the day, here's a reminder that a single voice can carry deep emotion.

Fiona Apple performs with the Watkins Family Hour at the Tiny Desk. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Ariel Zambelich/NPR

Tiny Desk

Watkins Family Hour

With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new songs.

Tiny Desk Concert with Sam Lee Lydia Thompson /NPR hide caption

toggle caption Lydia Thompson /NPR

Tiny Desk

Sam Lee

The singer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear perform at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The mother-and-son duo radiated easy familiarity and sincerity during this charming afternoon set.

Listen Loading… 49:14
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/429049449/434694125" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor