Charleston, South Carolina's Shovels & Rope are a revelation. They have passion, great on-stage chemistry and cool tunes. They demonstrated, to anyone in attendance at TURF Day 2 who didn't already know, exactly why they generate so much buzz.
On the surface they're not the kind of music I gravitate towards. I don't usually like twang. But that's why festivals like TURF are so special. They bring in a variety of acts that appeal to a wide audience and in so doing they introduce other bands to those same folks. I'm certainly glad that I was turned on to this duo's charms.
And here are a handful of cool Shovels & Rope tunes:
"O' Be Joyful"
"The Devil Is All Around"