Opening for Butch Walker, the members of Shovels and Rope are also members of Butch Walker’s band The Black Widows. Just two members, and playing on just a few guitars, a harmonica, and drum, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent kept it simple and real. A unique mix of country and rock and roll, the music was definitely enjoyable and upbeat, and Hearst’s voice was killer.

Shooting Notes
I went to this show more with the intent of watching than shooting, which was great, since we ended up a few rows back. Not to be deterred, I did take a few shots between heads, though, and I actually enjoyed the shoot-through look for this set, since it was a little more intimate. Since Shovels and Rope is a very stripped-down band, I think the simple compositions fit well with their style.

Mostly shot with the 50mm f/1.2 and 135mm f/2, and, of course, on 5D Mk IIs.

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