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Elliott Smith

Roots Rock Duo Shovels & Rope Keeps It Fun

Roots Rock Duo Shovels & Rope Keeps It Fun

Family bands often struggle with the fuzzy boundaries separating their domestic and professional lives.

Shovels & Rope — Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, a husband-and-wife duo from Charleston, S.C. — spent nearly a decade of nonstop touring and producing records. Then wham: their daughter, Louisiana Jean, now almost 2, came along.

Before long, Shovels & Rope will be on everyone's radar. The roots-rock duo, who performs at Infinity Hall in Hartford on Oct. 14, released "Little Seeds," its latest self-produced album, on Dualtone in 2016. Stompers like "Botched Execution" leave you breathless — them, too, mostly likely. Throughout the...

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