Local Musician Spotlight: Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent

Artwork provided by the band

Writer Alexis Comer had the good fortune of hearing Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent play as Shovels and Rope at the Charleston Pour House on James Island recently and was blown away by their bare-bones style, vocal power and musicianship. Cary Ann has a voice that brings to mind country, punk and soul all at once and it is a perfect match for Michael’s easy tenor that has just enough twang to it. Both these musicians are very good on their own but together there is a genuine sharing and collaborative feeling that takes their music to the next level. Expect a foot stompin’ rockin’ good time with this musical-powerhouse duo.

Michael Trent and Cary Anne Hearst, image provided by the band

Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent prefer to keep it simple. They have cleverly managed to take three separate recording projects and combine them into one cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine. Both musicians have been part of the local scene here in Charleston for years but are now touring all over the country. Go to see them soon before they hit the big time.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

3/8 – Saxon Pub – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/9 – Cactus Cafe – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/10 – Sam’s Burger Joint – San Antonio, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/11 – Phoenix Saloon – New Braunfels, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/12 – Threadgill’s – Austin, TX w/ Hayes Carll

3/20 – Poor David’s – Dallas, TX

3/23 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN

3/24 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN

3/25 – Hendershot Coffee – Athens, GA

3/26 – The Basement – Nashville, TN

3/30 – George’s Magestic Lounge – Fayetville, AR w/ Hayes Carll

3/31 – Bob’s at Cains – Tulsa, OK w/ Hayes Carll

4/1 – Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Hayes Carll

4/2 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS w/ Hayes Carll

4/3 – Vaudville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/ Hayes Carll

4/5 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN w/ Hayes Carll

4/6 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Hayes Carll

4/7 – High Dive – Champaign, IL w/ Hayes Carll

4/8 – Schubas – Chicago, IL w/ Hayes Carll

4/9 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Hayes Carll

4/10 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON w/ Hayes Carll

4/13 – Handlebar – Greenville, SC w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/14 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/15 – Headliners – Louisville, KY w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/16 – The Shed At Smoky Mtn HD – Maryville, TN w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/19 – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/20 – Jefferson, Theater – Charlottesville, VA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/21 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/22 – Bowery Ball Room – New York, NY w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

4/23 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA w/ Jason Isbell/Hayes Carll

5/3 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO w/ Felice Brothers

5/4 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE w/ Felice Brothers

5/6 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Felice Brothers

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