Shovels & Rope, the musical duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, visited the GRAMMY Museum on June 20, 2019 to talk about their album, By Blood. They’ve been married for over a decade and their covenant extends to blood and beyond: as parents, bandmates, creative collaborators, festival curators, film subjects, and children’s book authors. They have released four studio albums and two collaborative projects (Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 & 2) since 2008. Carving out a niche in the music world with strong, roots/indie/folk/rock inspired efforts like 2012’s O’ Be Joyful, 2014’s Swimmin’ Time, and 2016’s inward-looking Little Seeds, Shovels & Rope have earned the right to follow their own muse.