It aint what you got, its what you make

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope captures the tours and detours of a husband and wife as they create and release the critically acclaimed album, O' Be Joyful. From working for tips to becoming "Emerging Artist of the Year," the two-man family band uses ingenuity and hard work to create something out of nothing.

  • "Be prepared to fall in love with Shovels & Rope."
    WKSU Radio
  • "Best Song of the Year."
    American Songwriter
  • "The cheerful storyline will likely please fans as the narrative juxtaposes the band's hits against the couple's teasing commentary and unrehearsed slapstick"
    Charleston City Paper
  • "Emerging Artist of the Year"
    Americana Music Association


June 4, 2015 - Nashville, TN - Martha O'Bryan Center, 6pm - FREE

June 14, 2015 - Bristol, TN - PUSH Film Festival, 3pm - INFO


cast and crew

Whistling a similar tune, the characters in and behind the scenes dripped sweat and wrung blood to independently will this film into being with help along the way of a grassroots, crowd funding campaign. This movie is a testament to the joy of creating something out of nothing.