Friday, 27 January, 2017 @ 07:30 PM | Cost:Students $7, Faculty $13, Community Members $16
Best known as the Emmy-nominated makers to the hit FX drama Justified, Gangstagrass is now back with its fourth official album, the aptly-titled, American Music. Released in April 2015, American Music has done what no other Gangstagrass album has done before, charting on Billboard for the first time. Reaching Number 5 on the Bluegrass Charts, American Music debuted on the charts in only its first week of release.
“There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.” says Rench, who had previously made a name for himself as an in-demand Brooklyn country and hip-hop producer and singer/songwriter. When he shared his first bluegrass/hip-hop experiment, Rench Presents: Gangstagrass for free on the internet, the buzz occurred instantly and unexpectedly. Suddenly, there was a buzz, championing Rench’s unique vision that combined hip-hop MCs with real bluegrass instrumentalists.
When FX Network came to Rench looking for the Gangastagrass sound for the theme song to their new series Justified, he had bluegrass players lay down an original track with T.O.N.E-z, the MC, and younger brother of early hip-hop legends Special K and T-LaRoc. The resulting track, “Long Hard Times To Come” blew FX away and when the show Justified became a hit with viewers, Rench and T.O.N.E-z received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.”
Members of Gangstagrass will be doing a craft talk entitled “How To Write Rap Lyrics” at the Lions in Winter Literary Festival on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. To learn more about the Festival, go to eiu.edu/doudna or lionsinwinter.orgCategories: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Arts and Humanities | Community | Conferences/Meetings | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Events | Faculty | Music Department | Prospective Students | Theatre Arts Department
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