Gangstagrass Launches National Tour Monday, March 5 All Roads Lead to Austin
Emmy-nominated pioneers of blending urban and rural music, Gangstagrass, will take their unique fusion on the road to Austin this March. They’ll start out on Mon., Mar. 5 in Thomas, West Virginia and wind their way to Austin for a whopping seven shows before heading to New Orleans to finish up the tour.
Gangstagrass and Justified have a long, fruitful relationship. The show's theme song, "Long Hard Times to Come" received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, and several other Gangstagrass songs have been featured in the series. The band's upcoming album, Rappalachia, goes beyond the show's soundtrack. "This record is a shout out to Appalachia, the cradle of bluegrass culture," says Rench, creator of Gangstagrass. "It's rooted in the sounds of traditional mountain music and presents Gangstagrass as a band with independent existence, not just one sound tied to a TV show."
While the future is unwritten, it's certain that Gangstagrass will go down in history as the pioneer of a sound that brought country and hip hop together and helped desegregate America's music charts. "Right now, people treat rural and urban American music like they are matter and anti-matter," Rench concludes. "I'm hoping a good dose of Gangstagrass will get people past the blue-state/red-state thing and make them comfortable with purple. I want to provide the soundtrack for a wave of cultural miscegenation that will let us all party together at last."
Gangstagrass Tour Dates
3/5 The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
3/6 The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, NC
3/7 The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC
3/8 JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN
3/9 Springwater Supper Club & Lounge, Nashville, TN
3/11 The Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
3/13 Bernadette's Bar, Austin, TX
3/15 Deli Magazine Day Party, 8PM Gypsy Lounge, Austin, TX
3/15 Do512 Lounge Sessions, 12 PM, Do512 Lounge, Austin, TX
3/15 Brooklyn Country Cookout, 3:45 PM, Papi Tino's, Austin, TX
3/16 The Molotov Lounge, 10pm Austin, TX
3/17 The Big One 2012 SXSW Party, 10 PM, The Belmont, Austin, TX
3/17 SXSW Copycats Hi-Fi Media Party, 2 PM, Thirsty Nickel, Austin, TX
3/19 Hi Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA