(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Acclaimed rock duo Shovels & Rope is on tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album Manticore. The tour comes to Asbury Lanes on Friday, August 12th. Doors are at 7:00pm, showtime is 8:00pm.
Manticore is the most personal and revealing album from Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent to date. Following its February release, the album received high praise from the press including The Associated Press, Rolling Stone Country, Relix, No Depression, Atwood Magazine, Magnet, American Songwriter, Glide, The Boot and much more. Shovels & Rope was also featured in a segment on NPR's Here & Now.
in April, the award-winning band released the lighthearted video for their song “The Show,” which featured the duo in a choreographed dance routine to both the surprise and delight of their fans.
Shovels & Rope released a 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their award-winning debut album O’ Be Joyful (Dualtone) on July 29th. Released in 2012, O’ Be Joyful was the critically acclaimed breakout that introduced the world to the exceptional songwriting, emotion and passion of artists Cary Ann Hearst and Michel Trent as Shovels & Rope. Their raw blend of rock, punk, folk and country made a statement and foreshadowed what was to come. The Wall Street Journal said, “Some songs emphasize banjo, fiddle and the raspy country vocals of Nashville-raised Ms. Hearst. On other tracks, the growl of Mr. Trent's guitar can sound more punk than honky tonk."
The 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of O’ Be Joyful includes an additional disc that features a stripped down, acoustic version of the entire album that the duo recorded at their home studio during the pandemic. You can listen to the new renditions of “Birmingham” and “Hail Hail” here. This special edition also features all new packaging, new cover art, new photos and new liner notes written by Hearst & Trent. The two-LP package with limited color vinyl is available for pre-order, shipping on December 9th.
Following the album’s release, Shovels & Rope won the award for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Association Awards, while their beloved, autobiographical song “Birmingham” won Song of the Year. The group made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman with an inspired performance of the single and went on to garner a fervent fan base with their incendiary live shows and almost non-stop touring in support of the album. Around the same time, the band was the subject of the much-loved documentary film The Ballad Of Shovels & Rope.
Tickets are $25-$30 and available for purchase online. The show is open to those 18 and older.
Asbury Lanes is located at 209 4th Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Asbury Lanes is a legendary concert venue, historic landmark, and vintage bowling alley attached to The Asbury Hotel and Asbury Lanes Diner and part of the Asbury Collection.
Following renovations in 2018, Asbury Lanes reopened in May of that year as a state-of-the-art music venue and bowling alley with a capacity of 1,200. In partnership with Bowery Presents, one of the nation’s leading live-music promoters, Asbury Lanes is host to a handpicked mix of A-list and under-the-radar talent year-round. Asbury Lanes is owned by iStar, a full-service real estate investment, finance, and development company, and managed by Denver-based Sage Hospitality Group.
Photo by Leslie Ryan McKellar