Gangstagrass (T.O.N.E-z and Rench) have received a Emmy nomination for their song “Long Hard Times to Come”, which has been used as the theme song for the FX series Justified. The category they have been nominated in is: Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. I’d like to extent my personal congratulation to T.O.N.E-z for the Emmy nomination and noteworthy accomplishment. To give some background, Gangstagrass did a song that was used for a Justified and subsequently were asked to do the theme song as well. I could elaborate more on this unique style of music, but I think Elmore Leanard (whose work Justified is based on), put it better than I could (he is an accomplished writer of such works as Out of Sight and Get Shorty):
“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.”
Rench’s statement regarding the nomination is as follows: “I am excited that Justified is getting recognized with an Emmy nomination for having a great theme song. The show took a leap and used Gangstagrass, and it is great to see them rewarded for taking a chance on something creative and unusual. T.O.N.E-z and I are still in shock that we are Emmy nominated.“. If you’re interested in Gangstagrass, they also have a full length album out; Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic. The credits for the album include:
T.O.N.E-Z (vocals), Rench (vocals, beats, guitar), Matt Check (vocals, banjo), Todd Livingston (resonator guitar), Jason Cade (fiddle), Roy Shimmyo (bass), PREPMODE (turntables), Jen Larson (vocals), and Tomasia (vocals)
Ganstagrass is a truly unique group and I’m pleased that T.O.N.E-z was able to be a part. Justified is also a pretty bad ass show, so be sure to check out the show if you haven’t already. I think I can speak for everyone here when I say we’ll be pulling for Gangstagrass to win a Emmy!
More information on Gangstagrass and T.O.N.E-z:
- T.O.N.E-z @ Myspace
- Justified Emmy Nomination(elmoreleonard.com)
- Emmy Nominees (emmys.com)
- FX received 9 Emmy nominations! (FXNetworks.Com)
- Gangstagrass nominated for an Emmy!
- EMMY NOMINATION FOR GANGSTAGRASS
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