Shovels & Rope

Photo by Leslie Ryan McKellar.
Photo by Leslie Ryan McKellar.

Thursday, Jan. 28

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) is all about giving UCO students a “real world” experience of the music industry. Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope will give it to them. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst bring their blend of folk, rock and rhythm to the academy’s Performance Lab stage, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. One of the works the pair is likely to sing is “Birmingham,” a semi-autobiographical anthem of how Shovels & Rope materialized from a struggling act to a name quickly gaining notice for its twangy brilliance and originality. Folk music enters the 21st century with surprising grace, resonance and kick. Rising singer-songwriter Caroline Rose opens for the duo, and tickets are $20 at For more information, go online to The performance is open to the public, but tickets are expected to go fast.