The Wire - Shovels & Rope

from the album By Blood (2019)

In a few weeks, this blog will celebrate its seventh anniversary.  Woo hoo.

One of its great pleasures, that I had never imagined when I started this journey, has been the joy in following the careers of a few fortunate artists, who - against all odds - have risen from obscurity to realize their musical dreams.  They inspire and sustain me.

Shovels & Rope are perhaps the most endearing of the bunch.  From my earliest memory of watching them loading their gear into the back of an East Atlanta bar to play for a few dozen lucky folks, to watching them perform at progressively larger venues, their dedication, work ethic, and decency represent everything my musical heart holds dear.

The Wire is a single released in advance of their forthcoming album - By Blood.  I am particularly struck by the song's chorus:

But I won't fail you when I walk out on the wire
I won't fail you when I walk out on the wire
I won't fail you when I walk out on the wire
I won't fail you when I walk out on the wire

Isn't that what it is all about?  Giving it all for the people who put their faith and trust in you?

This sentiment is pure and good and real.

Shovels & Rope will be returning to Atlanta to play at the Fabulous Fox Theatre this summer.  This is the same venue where Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their iconic live version of Freebird.   What a thrill is should be for them as they stand on that hallowed stage.

The story of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent is truly special.

Click Here to listen to The Wire by Shovels & Rope.

Click Here to read my September 2016 blog post for St Anne's Parade by Shovels & Rope.

Click Here to read my October 2012 blog post for Birmingham by Shovels & Rope.

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