I was watching a football game yesterday and a commercial came on for Sagamore Spirit, a rye whiskey.
But it wasn’t the whiskey that caught my attention, it was the music:
Gangstagrass is a group of musicians in New York City, most known for the theme song of the FX television show Justified. The group is founded and led by Brooklyn producer Rench (Oscar Owens), and combine authentic bluegrass and rap into a new genre.
Initially formed in 2006, Gangstagrass started to see its music reaching a wide audience when the band’s song “Long Hard Times to Come”, evidently inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Things Goin’ On”, was selected to be the opening theme song of the acclaimed on FX in early 2010. On July 8, 2010, Gangstagrass producer Rench and rapper T.O.N.E.Z were nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “Long Hard Times to Come.”
The Justified series is based on the work of writer Elmore Leonard, who was a fan of Gangstagrass’ music:
Rench and his friends have done nothing short of creating a new form of music. Gangstagrass takes two types of music that are opposites and mixes them together brilliantly in a way that is natural and enjoyable. — Elmore Leonard
Here’s a more recent video of the band singing Ride with You. I wonder what Clive will think 😀