Dana & Lauren – Hip Hop’n grass

Dana & Lauren, formerly The Shankman twins, have released a debut video from their new, self-titled CD.

It’s an odd musical pairing, featuring Dana on banjo and Lauren on fiddle offering up a grassy remake of Tupac Shakur’s 1995 hit, California Love. And like the GangstaGrass vibe that has grabbed attention through the soundtrack for TNT’s popular Justified series, Dana & Lauren’s cut has a quirky charm that may find its own audience with adherents from both camps.

The video also blurs distinctions between bluegrass and white-girl hip hop. Check it out.

This track is the lone cover included on the new Dana & Lauren EP, the other three being originals from the girls. Check it out in iTunes.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.