Live Music

Leading with Cary Ann Hearst’s big personality, Shovels & Rope has outgrown small stages. The South Carolina duo charms from the Jefferson stage on Saturday. Photo credit: Leslie Ryan- McKellar

ARTS Pick: Shovels & Rope

With little more than an acoustic guitar and a junkyard drum kit, husband and wife team Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent beat out skillfully harmonized country-punk anthems as Shovels & Rope. With roots in Charleston and all eyes on the road, the two take a minimalist approach to romantic, vintage melodies. Their new release […]

Humor, heartbreak, and lyrical twists make up Darrin Bradbury’s compelling Americana tunes on Friday at the Southern. Photo credit: John Trossi

ARTS Pick: Darrin Bradbury

Boasting gritty, authentic vocals and a solid backbone to his melodies, Darrin Bradbury returns to town, acoustic guitar in tow, to open for singer-songwriter Carl Anderson. His homespun storytelling reflects his new Nashville address as he bobs and weaves through rustic tales of love and protest punctuated by a dark sense of humor. August’s Motel […]

Playing it fast and loud, Greensky Bluegrass turns the tables on the genre’s traditional approach at the Jefferson. “I think a big chunk of multiple generations sort of stumbled on bluegrass…through Jerry Garcia,” said dobro player Anders Beck. Photo credit: Chris Monoghan

Greensky Bluegrass looks to break barriers with modern approach

The contentious divide between traditional bluegrass and progressive bluegrass is manufactured, according to Anders Beck, dobro virtuoso for the dogged newgrass outfit Greensky Bluegrass. “I feel like that argument is more perpetuated by people that just want to talk about it than people who really feel that way,” Beck told C-VILLE Weekly. “It’s almost like […]