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“Its not heavy metal, but in our guts it feels a bit like Heavy Metal” says Michael Trent of the band’s new album, MANTICORE, due Feb 18th. 2022 will mark ten years since Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent released their debut album ‘O’ Be Joyful,’ the first formally billed as “Shovels & Rope.” That decade includes the release of 6 full length albums, 3 collaborative covers albums (Busted Jukebox Volumes 1-3), a curated music festival in their hometown of Charleston, SC (High Water), a musical film (Shovels & Rope: The Movie), and countless dynamic live performances all over the planet. But it was in the rear courtyard suite of the Decatur street house belonging to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans where Michael and Cary Ann began polishing up the songs that became Manticore.

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