Blending bluegrass and hip-hop may seem like an unlikely recipe for success, but don’t tell that to Rench, the mastermind behind the Emmy-nominated bluegrass/hip-hop outfit Gangstagrass.
Back when Rench was in grade school, recess was a time for breakdancing on cardboard to RUN-DMC. But at home, his parents were playing Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash records on the stereo. That musical mash-up made a lasting impression on Rench, which he finally put to good use after spirited him on a journey to play country-flavoured hip-hop at venues all over the globe.
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. The Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontaneity. 2019 will see the release of a live album recorded at various venues during their Spring 2018 tour. Pocket Full Of Fire: Gangstagrass Live showcases utterly unique Gangstagrass stage performance, in which songs are transformed and radically different from the studio recordings. It will also feature a few new songs that were road tested during the tour. Fans who have not been able to see Gangstagrass perform in person will finally get a taste of what it’s like when you have hip-hop emcees and bluegrass players engage each other’s talents on stage
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