Shovels and Rope – Birmingham

Shovels and Rope are an old fashioned rock & roll band from South Carolina. Their drumkit was actually rescued from a garbage heap (a rubbish dump I spose…) and it sounds great.

Harmonicas, violins and some impressive vocals have made this band a must-see for those that happen to live withing driving distance of one of the 170 shows they did last year.

This year, they released thei debut album O Be Joyful, which is a foot-tapping, beer-drinking riot of a thing. It’s pretty simple, they’re doing what they can with what they have. Shovels and Rope sound like they’d be right at home in a late-night festival slot, blasting a cider-drenched audience with their trumpets and their giveashit attitude.

I just relly like them. That’s all there is to it. And if you want to take them for a spin, the opening track from O Be Joyful is available to download for free…


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