Shovels and Rope, Valerie June, and Shake Graves played Prospect Park (pics, video)
photos by Chris La Putt
Shovels & Rope / Valerie June / Shakey Graves
Friday's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert in Prospect Part (6/27) was country-tinged, with South Carolina's Shovels and Rope headlining and also featuring sets from Valerie June and Shake Graves. Pictures from the whole evening are in this post.
Formerly a one-man band, Austin troubadour Shakey Graves brought in a drummer for a number of songs in his set adding a little more "oomph" and variety from his typical hollow-body strumming and suitcase drumming sound.
Dressed in a turquoise blue dress, Valerie June followed up with her Tennessee twang that reverberated throughout the summery evening, switching from a scorching red Gretsch (which she nicknamed matter-of-factly "Big Red") to a Martin dreadnought acoustic ("the Stranger"), a petite ukelele-banjo or banjolele ("the Baby"), and of course, a banjo ("the Mom"). Her voice was definitely reminiscent of another steadfast country relic of the past with a similar name -- Ms. Valerie June Carter Cash -- and comparisons to the Appallachian folks singers of the Lomax collection are apt descriptions of her sound. However, it's not all folky sound that comes out of this singer. At one point in the evening she got down and revved up Big Red for a show-stopping jam.
All the way from Johns Island, SC, Carrie Ann Heart and Michael Trent, the indie country couple that make up Shovels and Rope, stomped and hollered on stage to a packed crowd in Prospect Park and probably their largest headlining NYC show to date. Not bad for a band who's played at Arlene's Grocery just two years ago. The band played a number songs from their upcoming album Swimmin' Time, which is scheduled for release on August 26. While we wait for that, take a gander at more Prospect Park pics and videos below...
Shovels and Rope