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Gangstagrass

“Gangstagrass fuses string instruments with hip-hop artists, resulting in arguably the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Best known as the Emmy-nominated makers of “Long Hard Times to Come,” the theme song to the hit FX drama, Justified, Gangstagrass is back with “No Time For Enemies” – its latest full-length album that reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart with its original Emmy-nominated blend of bluegrass/hip-hop and frequent three-part and four-part harmonies. Performed real hip-hop MCs and real bluegrass instrumentalists, “No Time for Enemies” is the follow-up to 2018 live album “Pocket Full of Fire” and 2015’s critically-acclaimed studio album “American Music” —both of which also spent many weeks in the Billboard bluegrass top 10. Produced by lead singer/guitarist Rench — who Rolling Stone Magazine named “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: April 2017” — “No Time For Enemies” contains 11 cuts of both original and traditional music with a twist. As the late Elmore Leonard put it “Rench and his friends have done nothing short of creating a new form of music.”

Their 2020 offering, No Time for Enemies – which features “Nickel and Dime Blues,” the inspirational “Freedom,” the jump-starting “Aint No Crime,” and the hugely popular “Ride With You” – has more than a million streams/views so far. It quickly hit #1 on the Billboard bluegrass charts. No Time for Enemies takes you for a ride through the hoods and hollers while having a sweat of a good time.

Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with a live stage act taking full advantage of the improvisational aspects of both hip-hop and bluegrass. With two emcees R-Son and Dolio The Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on Banjo, Landry McMeans on dobro, and Rench on guitar, and frequent 3 part harmonies, the Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontanaety.


“Gangstagrass fuses string instruments with hip-hop artists, resulting in arguably the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage.” – – Rolling Stone Magazine

“A mixture of bluegrass and hip-hop that might repel some purists on either side of the country-and- rap divide, but will knock the socks off just about everybody else.” – Wall Street Journal

“Gangstagrass adeptly layers rap lyrics over strong emotional accents from the instruments, something most DJs can’t take advantage of when sampling electronica music. You can hear it in “Nobody Gonna Miss Me;” the skillful slide on the guitar and winsome lines from the fiddle fill in the background of the rap with a bluesy, remorseful tone.” – Mother Jones Magazine

“Gangstagrass’ eclectic mix of low-down to down-low beats destroys other genres in their path.” – Magnet Magazine

“A daring blend of innovative modern swagger and classic Americana cool which dares listeners not to come along for the ride.” – Hear Hear Music

When music is THIS good, it smashes every borderline, every genre, every pre-conceived idea of what a bluegrass hip-hop fusion might sound like…it blows live audiences away wherever they play!” – Essential Pop

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