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The Songs in the Key of Free album drops Fall 2020!!

 

We’re incredibly fortunate to be working with two producers from Gangstagrass: Brian Farrow, as Creative Producer, and Rench as Producer. Rench is working now (November-December 2019) to mix all the tracks and get them ready for release.

Brian Farrow is a multi-instrumental and multi-genre musician out of North Omaha, Nebraska. He currently tours with Gangstagrass, and the Grammy Award-winning Dom Flemons, the American Songster, and is on his recently released Black Cowboys album on the Smithsonian Folkways Label. As a duo, and sometimes as a trio, this pairing explores the roots of American music, highlighting its technique, style, African American legacy, and presentation in a modern context. The venture has taken him through the Grand Ole’ Opry, opening for the Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show, the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and beyond. He’s also toured nationally and abroad with the acclaimed Americana band the Hackensaw Boys on double bass and the open-door-gospel-folk group Spirit Family Reunion on fiddle.
 

From Rench Audio website: “Based out of Brooklyn, Rench is an Emmy-nominated, billboard-charting musician and producer. He has been combining Country and Hip-Hop sounds for more than a decade, including solo material and projects like Gangstagrass. Rench also produces a variety of styles out of his Rench Audio production company - everything from pop to soul to folk to hip-hop. He produced the Maple Blues Award winning blues-gospel album “Send the Nightingale” by Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. He produced the folk-soul album “Crossover” By Dan Whitener, which had a track placed in Spike Lee’s film “Black KKKlansman".

Gangstagrass

The Sound of Freedom:

Music Behind Prison Walls

To record, produce, mix and master an album of 15 songs, all of which address the effects of mass incarceration, inside a maximum-security prison. Our foundational goal, one we’ve been working toward for the past two years, is to support the 25 musicians and artists who have invested their hope and dreams in this project. Here’s what they grapple with every day: If you’re barred from public and civic life, if you’re someone who is seen as deserving of punishment and little else, how do you become self-aware? How do you become whole? To make the most of a life spent locked down, where your humanity is assailed sometimes on a daily basis, to grow into fullness of heart and mind behind a 40-foot- high wall, to maintain dignity and selfhood in the face of what is intended to be punitive and recriminatory, is colossal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The songs on this album tell that story: you’ll find intensely personal songs that reflect the very hard-won redemption these men have worked for for their entire lives; songs that will move you deeply because you too are human and you too grapple with the mistakes you’ve made and with your own failures, and you too need to be forgiven.

© 2020 Songs in the Key of Free. Photos © 2017 Gabriela Bulisova