South Carolina Americana duo Shovels & Rope discuss their superb new release, By Blood, and its ongoing evolution: "We always knew there were going to be less banjos, less mandolins, more weird things."
Shovels & Rope's By Blood is a record that smacks you in the face as a first impression, but then, still demands time to give up its secrets and grow on you. Give it the time.
"I Know" is an animalistic alt-folk lunge-forward, one that casts the duo's unique admixture of roots rock, left-field country, and classic singer-songwriter fare over a T. Rex-parroting metallic strut.
While it is now under the umbrella of a non-profit foundation, the Newport Folk Festival still remains one of the top Summer festivals for an artist to play.