Shovels & Rope, 'Shank Hill St.' (Live) Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent recently brought their rousing folk-rock anthems to the KEXP studios. Watch the duo perform the dark "Shank Hill St." live on the air.

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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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