Gangstagrass on Justified tonight

JustifiedJustified is a new TV show on the FX network. It’s the story of a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens, in Kentucky. It looks like fun. The producers have mixed together some great ingredients: Kentucky, old fashioned quick-draw gun fights, and even a little bluegrass seasoning. When looking for a theme song, the show’s producers wanted something that captured both the throwback to traditional Kentucky heritage and the more urban, hip-hop sound often associated with law enforcement type TV shows.

For that reason, they made the decision to use a track from the Gangstagrass CD. We told you about Gangstagrass nearly two years ago, and shared a short interview with Rench, the creator/producer of this new mashup.

The song used in the show is titled On The Run. It’s primarily a blues flavored hip-hop song with fiddle, banjo, and resonator guitar woven into the instrumental textures. It’s actually pretty cool, but be warned it’s not entirely family friendly as it does contain a few objectionable words here and there.

Here’s a description of the show from

JUSTIFIED is the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal RAYLAN GIVENS (Timothy Olyphant), a true-blue hero and something of a throwback, given to wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots, carrying his sidearm in a hip holster – a weapon he only draws when he has to, and when he does, he shoots to kill, because, as he sees it, that’s the purpose of a gun.

Raylan was born and reared in the hill country of eastern Kentucky. . . incurring the wrath of his Marshals Service superiors, Raylan has been sent in punishment (and by fate?) to the one place to which he vowed he would never return – Kentucky.

Below I’ve embedded the trailer for the show Justified, which includes the Gangstagrass track. The show is new and the second episode airs tonight at 10 PM EST on the FX Network. You can hear parts of the song at different times during the trailer. Another, episode specific, trailer actually featured a couple quick shots of a banjo player. If you’d like to hear the full sound track, you can do so by visiting the Gangstagrass Facebook page and clicking on the song title, On The Run, in the music player on the left side of the page.

  • jimmysghost

    Cliff Wagner & The Old #7 are also on Justified and they landed “acting” parts as the convict bluegrass band! Episode #2 featured Cliff Wagner’s song Castleneck, about a bad man who killed his girlfriend ( true story). You can check out the band’s video at
    and check out their You Tube channel : oldnumber7tv at

    So far FX hasn’t posted any of the music. There is a message board to post to though.

  • ruff r.

    Visionary producer Rench has teamed up with T.O.N.E-z (the same rapper featured on “Long Hard Times To Come” and “On The Run” as seen on the hit show Justified) and some hot bluegrass players to produce a full length album of serious bluegrass picking and sick flow on the mic like you won’t hear anywhere else. The album also includes a track featuring Brooklyn underground emcee Tomasia and tracks featuring the incredible voice of bluegrass singer Jen Larson. The beats are pure thumping Rench funk, and over the authentic bluegrass banjo, fiddle, and resonator guitar the rhymes are hard and heavy.
    Featuring the fine talents of:

    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

    now available from

  • longarm

    I am a fan of the show “Justified.” I thought the title song was catchy and decided to download it. After listening to the words I was immediately turned off. The song is about killing a cop. How and why should someone glorify that? I have since thought differently about the show. Just my thoughts, but just the same.

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