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Folk, Country and Rock and “Obscure Gay Country” Groups Playing at the Boone Saloon Wednesday

Shovels and Rope

April 10, 2012. Two bands – Shovels and Rope, a harmony-driven folk, rock and country group, and Jonny Corndawg, whose sound “in the vein of that obscure gay country that housewives would discover” – will perform at the Boone Saloon on Wednesday, April 11. The show costs $6, and doors open at 10:00 p.m.

Jonny Corndawg’s Facebook Bio:

Jonny Corndawg is a country singer, not a singer-songwriter. Born inMontana, raised in rural  Virginia, Corndawg has been touring on his motorcycle since he dropped out of school in 2001. He’s played shows in everyU.S.state, Canada and eleven European countries, Australia, Argentina and India. But you won’t find him on CMT.

His music is more in the vein of that obscure ‘70s gay country that housewives would discover on a Bear Family reissue in twenty years. In addition to pursuing the lost art of the Real Deal, Corndawg is an airbrushing, leather-working, marathon-running, truck-driving American. Born and Bred.

Jonny Corndawg

Shovels and Rope Bio from the band’s website:

Shovels and Rope is a Charleston, SC band consisting of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Formed in 2010, they sing harmony driven folk, rock and country songs using two old guitars, a kick drum, a snare, a few tambourines, harmonicas, and and maybe a little keyboard sometimes.  The band tours constantly as a two piece, making as much noise as they can. 

The name Shovels & Rope comes from the title of a record by Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent called Shovels & Rope. It’s a pretty good record featuring several murder ballads where some characters were hanging and others were doing the burying, so the title seemed apt. It now serves as the official moniker of the band.

The band met inAthens,GA2003 on tour with Jump Little Children.  Years later we put together a band to make some money in the bars in Charleston and went on the road in late 2010 and have been traveling since then.

Shovels and Rope has toured with the following bands in order from most recent …Butch Walker, Justin Townes Earle, The Felice Brothers, Hayes Carll and Jason Isbell. Shovels & Rope played nearly 200 shows on the road in 2011, enough miles to go around the world two and half times.

For more information about the bands, click to www.corndawg.com and www.shovelsandrope.com. For more information about the show, click to www.boonesaloon.com or call 828-264-1811.

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