Hip-Hop

Gangstagrass

When: Fri., March 9, 9 p.m. 2012

One of the happiest sounds we hear on TV each week is the opening thump-thump-thump that kicks off the credits sequence of FX’s Justified — a slow, insistent lockstep like the cowboy-booted saunter of Timothy Olyphant’s Marshal Raylan Givens, a dude who doesn’t hurry because he never has to. Even better is what follows: a drawled, bluesy lament rapped over a snarl of banjo and dobro, conveying the hero’s tangled rural-urban roots so perfectly you’d think it was written with the show in mind. But it wasn’t: The song, “Long Hard Times to Come,” is the work of Brooklyn’s Gangstagrass, composed of producer/guitarist/beat-master Rench with an ensemble of a dozen other players, ranging from MCs and turntablists to fiddlers. They’re making a Nashville stop en route to SXSW in a Nashville Fringe Festival-sponsored show with The Deep Fried 5, Charles Butler and Associates, artist Openmic and the Music City Soul Dancers. Miss it, and you’ll have to answer to Mr. Limehouse.

Jim Ridley

Price: $5

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