It’s not often you’ll see me writing about country music. It’s not that I dislike it, I’m actually a fan! I just feel that country is such a niche group, those who listen know more than me so me telling you (ya’ll!) isn’t (ain’t!) going (gon!) to change anything (nuttin’!). Having said that sometimes I come across artists who might not be a household name but should. Shovels & Rope, a husband and wife country-folk duo, is one of those bands. A few days ago they released an album of covers and they did it with help from a few of my favorite artists. With features from Shakey Graves, Lucius, and J Roddy Walston And The Business I knew I was in for a treat but to my surprise my favorite songs came from collaborations with artists I don’t listen to as much. My favorite song is “Bullet Belt”, a grimy rockabilly track featuring singer songwriter Butch Walker, who’s solo album Afraid of Ghosts was a relaxing listen from earlier this year. My other two favorites are the soulful “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” with J.D. McPherson and the album closer, “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight”, which Shovels & Rope takes care of all on their own. Overall it’s a fun, diverse take on some old classics with some fresh faces. I hope they make more in the future, kind of reminds me of the star studded 2011 Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly. If you haven't listened to that either I suggest you set some time aside.