More Shovels & Rope news to cheer you up during this last week of summer: Entertainment Weekly just released a brand new ShoRo song, "Botched Execution," and indeed a video to boot, from their upcoming LP Little Seeds.
The record takes its title from an excerpt of "Botched Execution," which gets a signature ShoRo murder motif. Shovels & Rope have been teasing the track for a few days now on Facebook, calling the video today a "gorgeous and twisted piece of musical filmmaking."
The comic book-style video was written, directed, produced, shot, and edited by Curtis Wayne Millard, a Mexican, New York City-based photographer and director whose dark, inventive style has also been called on by the likes of Phosphorescent, Dawes, Drivin' N Cryin', and Billy Joe Shaver.
Little Seeds is out Fri. Oct. 7. Look for our review in the Wed. Oct. 5 issue.
With its centerpiece being the Americana Music Awards, the five-day fest takes place this week in Nashville, where SUSTO will perform alongside artists like Billy Bragg, Wanda Jackson, and Lee Ann Womack.
On the podcast, Boilen was joined by NPR’s Ann Powers and Jewly Hight, who recommended SUSTO’s “Chillin’ on the Beach with My Best Friend Jesus Christ,” pointing out how frontman Justin Osborne’s Christian upbringing informs some of his songwriting.
You can listen to the artists-to-watch playlist now at npr.org.
"Chillin' on the Beach with My Best Friend Jesus Christ" comes out on a seven-inch picture disc later this week. You can pre-order yours via Hearts & Plugs here.
Additionally, SUSTO will bring in the New Year right here in the Holy City opening up for Shaky Graves at the Charleston Music Hall. For more tickets and more info, go to charlestonmusichall.com.
Want to catch NPR's live webcast today with Shovels & Rope? Here's how: 1. Follow NPR on Facebook. 2. Then head over to ShoRo's Nashville Hang Facebook page at 5 p.m. NPR will notify you when it goes live.
The live taping is hosted by NPR's Ann Powers and Jewly Hight as part of the AmericanaFest. The sloppy-tonk duo will "hang" with the crew from the Nashville Union Station Hotel on Broadway.
In Nashville right now? Lucky you — admission is free.
Other Nashville Hangs on NPR's agenda include Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, Dawes, and tonight's Americana Music Association's awards show with performances by Bob Weir, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and the Lumineers, which you can watch here.