Husband and wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are Shovels & Rope. Both of them are very talented and capable songwriters, lead vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Watching them perform (you may have caught their great set at this past summer's Hinterland Festival), one never finds oneself pining for more band members. Shovels & Rope are a solidly roots-based band, but for them that can mean anything from folk to rockabilly, alt-country to country-punk. Hearst was born in Mississippi and raised in Nashville, and she met Trent (a Denver, Colorado native) in Charleston, South Carolina. A free-wheeling Southern attitude has informed their songs from the beginning, and that continues to be the case on album number five- Little Seeds.