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Sunday, February 25, 2018, 8:00 PM

Little Seeds, the electrifying New West Records bow by Shovels and Rope, finds the award-winning South Carolina duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst exploring fresh dimensions in their sound with a brace of bold, candid, highly personal new songs.The 12-song collection, produced by Trent at the couples home studio in Charleston, succeeds 2014s Swimmin Time and 2012s O Be Joyful; the latter title garnered the twosome Americana Music Awards for Song of the Year (for Birmingham) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last years Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as the Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson and Butch Walker.On the new release, Trent and Hearst as ever play all the instruments and penned the material, which range from stomping rockers to delicate acoustic-based numbers. Many of Little Seeds finely crafted and reflective new songs completed in the late summer of 2015 are drawn from tumultuous events experienced by the couple over the course of the last two years.There were two major changes that happened at the same time, Hearst says. We found out we were pregnant, and at the same time Michaels parents had been living with us, because his father is in the early stages of Alzheimers. Those two things, having the baby and facing the reality that our parents were aging, made this weird, awesome circle of humanity that really just took us out. I guess we were in the crosshairs of human existence. Trent continues, We started putting this record together right after the baby was born. Every spare moment I had I was in the studio doing my best to work around the cries, and Cary would have to sneak up and do her parts when the baby was asleep. Its a funny thing trying to make a rock n roll record with a sleeping baby in the house.Hearst adds, As we were finishing the record and making the final decisions about what to include in it, our good friend Eric was killed here in town. We ended up dedicating the record to his memory. The beginning of This Ride is actually Erics mother telling the true story of how he had been born in the back of a police car. With her blessing, we added that to frame This Ride.Invisible Man and Mourning Song, were directly inspired by the debilitating illness faced by Trents father. Hearst says of the former song, The disease is preventing him from being able to mentally wrap his mind around it. I wanted to speak for him. I wanted to express what it would be like for a man like him, a capable, funny dude. I wanted to put that in an up-tempo pop song, because its always interesting for dark material to be presented that way.Of Mourning Song, Trent says, I was envisioning what it was going to be like for my mother after he wasnt around anymore. Its weird, maybe, to write a song about the death of your father who hasnt died yet. It seemed like something he would do write a tune to comfort my mother after hes gone.The hushed, moving spoken word BWYR, a song of unity at a time when some try to divide, is torn from an event close to home: the mass shootings at Charlestons Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.The night we heard about it, we were in Denver and approaching the end of touring while pregnant, which was pretty intense, Trent says. We flew to Chicago, our show was cancelled it was rained out and we were stuck in the hotel, and thats where it was written. We were talking to our friends and texting, and we wanted to be home so bad, to be with our people. These mass shootings seemed to be happening every weekend, and the thought of bringing a child into the world was overwhelming and scary.Buffalo Nickel takes on the most personal of all subjects: Trent and Hearsts relationship as a married couple who also collaborate creatively. Only as the song developed did they begin to understand its topic. We were trying to figure out what the story was about, Trent says, and the more we wrote on it, we said, Are we talking about us

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