Brooklyn-Based Gangstagrass Share Live Video and Announce New Album Ahead of Their UK Tour
When Rap Meets Bluegrass
Heads-up for a rare chance to hear one of the most exciting genre-crossing fusions around: Gangstagrass, who’ll be coming to the UK and touring the country between 30th Jan and 10th Feb 2019. They’ll also be releasing a live album ‘Pocket Full of Fire’ to be released 15th Feb worldwide.
Emmy Award nominated Gangstagrass combines Hip-Hop and Bluegrass. This fusion is the brainchild of Rench: a Brooklyn-based independent singer, songwriter, and producer, whose roots lie in honky-tonk and hip-hop.
“It is definitely time for a live album release” says Rench “Over the years we have really developed a dynamic approach to having rappers and bluegrass players on stage together. We take full advantage of the fact that both genres have a strong improvisational element. Verses are sometimes freestyled, songs are sometimes restructured on the fly. And the songs themselves have evolved into new animals that come to life on stage. We captured some great performances in the spring and it will be great to get to share the live sound with fans everywhere.”
“There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think,” as Rench puts it. To prove the point, he’s been recording and touring with a select band of bluegrass pickers and hip-hop emcees, packing out venues along the way.
Gangstagrass will reach UK shores in January and February 2019. Rench and his crew are looking forward to it: “The UK is a wonderful audience for us, and we find that the country and hip-hop combination brings out an amazing crowd for a party with us. We love meeting people at the shows and interacting with them during our performances which are very spontaneous. When they see a rapper and a banjo player getting down live on stage together the way we do it, the energy really goes through the roof – even people that are familiar with our album recording find their jaws dropping to see where we take it on stage.”
See below for a full tour schedule and book your tickets to see this amazing band.
Tickets available from www.alttickets.com/gangstagrass-tickets from Friday 14th September.
Find about more about Gangstagrass at their website http://gangstagrass.com
Jan 30: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Jan 31: Exeter, Phoenix
Feb 01: Bristol, Thekla
Feb 02: Oxford, O2 Adademy 2
Feb 03: Manchester, Band on the Wall
Feb 05: Perth, The Inchyra Arts Club
Feb 06: Glasgow, Hug & Pint
Feb 07: Newcastle, The Cluny
Feb 08: Birmingham, O2 Institute
Feb 09: London, The Garage