Spotlight: Gangstagrass

At the unexpected intersection of hip-hop and bluegrass, you’ll find the genre-busting New York City five-piece, Gangstagrass—who is bringing their fresh musical fusion to Levitt AMP Stevens Point tonight and Levitt AMP Galva this Sunday! Seamlessly weaving together banjo, fiddle and soaring three-part-harmonies with rap vocals and beats, Gangstagrass creates a one-of-a-kind sound Rolling Stone describes as “…the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage.”

The band came to life in 2006, when Brooklyn-based producer Rench—who was simultaneously making beats for rappers and hosting country music nights—was inspired to combine elements from rap and classic bluegrass. Shortly after, Rench was asked to create a theme song for the FX Network TV Series Justified. The resulting track, “Long Hard Times to Come,” was met with widespread acclaim and a 2010 EMMY Award nomination for “Best Theme Song.” Since then, Gangstagrass has built upon their momentum—touring internationally, releasing two Billboard Bluegrass chart-topping albums (Pocket Full Of Fire: Gangstagrass Live, 2019; American Music, 2015), and earning glowing reviews from The Wall Street Journal (2010), Rolling Stone Country (2017) and Forbes (2018).

In honor of Gangstagrass’ two upcoming Levitt AMP performances, check out this clip from their dynamic recent Paste Studios session (or click here to view the full session). Enjoy!

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