A lot of young musicians are enamored of vintage country music, and there are plenty of records out there to prove it. For the most part, their intentions are good, and, for the most part, they don’t get it right.
Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, as two-person band Shovels & Rope, do get it right. It’s mostly because of their voices, especially Hearst’s untamed tavern wail, and the way a more laid-back Trent blends in to make a third voice, both grounded and wild. But their songs are also strong, filled with a touch of rock ’n’ roll and the kind of themes that always make for good country music: lovin’, drinkin’, livin’ and dyin’.
The Charleston, S.C., duo tour with a couple of guitars and a stripped drum kit, with a few stray accessories. They’re coming Sunday to Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St., with Austin band Wild Child.
Showtime is 9 p.m. and cover is $7 advance, $10 day of show, with tickets available at the venue or www.ticketfly.com.