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KEXP Presents: Shovels & RopeKEXP

For such a good-natured duo, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent can sound darker and more dangerous than you might imagine. As Shovels & Rope, they play gritty, boot-stomping roots-rock that spans rousing sing-alongs, heartwarming ballads and harrowing tales of vengeance.

For Shovels & Rope's return to the KEXP studio, the South Carolina duo turns from the bloody "Shank Hill St." to the happy origin story of "Cavalier" with hardly a breath. It's just as Hearst says to DJ Stevie Zoom: "Life is a balance." You'll likely feel nothing but elation as you watch this boisterous live performance.

Watch Shovels & Rope's entire set on KEXP's YouTube channel.

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The folk-rock singer-songwriter performs songs from Sermon On The Rocks, live in West Virginia.

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The bluegrass- and Motown-inspired band performs live in West Virginia.

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Vetiver, 'Current Carry' (Live)

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Watch the upbeat folk band unveil a blissful new song, performed onstage in the Oregon woods.

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Session Americana On Mountain Stage

The Boston area's self-described "folk band in a whiskey bottle" performs live in West Virginia.

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Tim O'Brien And Old Man Luedecke On Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage's most frequent guest returns to West Virginia with a Grammy-winning collaborator.

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The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

The beloved bluegrass band, which just won its first Grammy, performs live for Mountain Stage.

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