Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds

Who are the artists you love so much that you will buy anything they put out?  We all have artists like that in our lives.  My list includes Jack White, Norah Jones, Slipknot, and Shovels & Rope.  I could listen to Shovels & Rope sing the phone book.

I have a soft spot in my heart for indie folksy country Americana blues music.  I must have been a beard-wearing PBR drinker in a past life…


Little Seeds has the unmistakeable sound of Shovels & Rope.  It is raw, stripped down country music with a rocking blues edge.  The vocals are a unique blend of voices: a traditional and polished singer-songwriter male voice partnered with a unrefined sexy southern party-girl voice.

Little Seeds is heavier than other albums from Shovels & Rope.  The guitars are lower and grittier, the kick drum has more bite, and the lyrics are darker.  There is a serious air on this record that draws you in as you listen.

For the most part, Little Seeds is a toe-tapping record.  Put it on the turntable, crack open a beer, and enjoy.  However, that toe-tapping does not last all the way to the end.  Little Seeds ends on a low and sad note.  This LP is an emotional trip.

Missionary Ridge is a cool history lesson especially since I lived in Chattanooga for a while, but my favorite track is Invisible Man.

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