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Rose's Pawn Shop


5pm: The Shadow Mountain Band 8pm: ROSES PAWN SHOP!

October 5, 2013

It may come as a surprise to hear the strains of Appalachian and

Americana music channeled through five guys from Los Angeles, CA, but

heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great

music, and this city has more than its share. In a town better known for

porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Roses's Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.

Singer/songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the same disparate array of

popular musical styles as any other late 20th century kid. In that

mishmash of Rock, Punk, Country, Pop, and Rap, it was American Folk and

Bluegrass that rooted deepest in Paul, transforming him and his songs.

Having made the rounds in various rock bands since early high school,

Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of new folk-oriented

songs and create a band that could deliver this material the way he

imagined it sounding.

As so many fortuned events have unfolded, it was through a series of

chance meetings, twists of fate, and a little help from Craigslist, that

Paul met kindred spirits in Stephen Andrews, John Kraus, Tim Weed and

Christian Hogan. Together they began building the music and the band

that would soon become Rose's Pawn Shop.

They combined, in their collective musical melting pot, the old style

American sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams with a

higher energy approach more reminiscent of modern Alt-Rock, all with a

deeply melodic songwriting sensibility. The goal was to create a sound

that was unique, yet imbued with a sense of familiarity.

The final ingredient was added one fateful day when Paul's scorned

ex-girlfriend/former band-mate, Rose, in an act of revenge, stole the

band's gear and instruments from their practice space and brought it

down to the local pawn shop. Priceless! The match was lit ... and Rose's Pawn Shop was born! (Of course, not until after they got their gear out of hock!)

In 2010, the near-current line-up of the band recorded the album

"Dancing on the Gallows," and the band began hitting the road. Once the

final line-up was locked in, they began touring the United States more

consistently and have ever since. On any given night, you could find Rose's Pawn Shop

playing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, busking the streets of Jackson

Square in New Orleans, opening for Jack White and The Raconteurs at the

Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, ripping the walls off the club in

their month long residence at the Parkside Lounge in New York City, or

hitting the main stages of prestigious festivals such as Floydfest in

Virginia and Wakarusa in Arkansas. The band is out there, growing their

music, igniting their passion, and converting an ever-increasing

congregation of fans.

With an arsenal of guitars, banjo, thumping upright bass, fiddle and

drums, delivering neo-classical-sounding melodies and lyrics, their

sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's

cookin'. It's sincere, straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly

combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass, and

punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true

believers and skeptics alike.

They confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation, and

redemption, with a couple of drinking songs for good measure. Sure,

they're borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe,

and Johnny Cash, but Rose's Pawn Shop

takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with three and

four part vocal harmonies and lyrics that'll break your heart.

Something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low you've

sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you


As of Summer 2013, Rose's Pawn Shop has a new album in the can, produced and mixed by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphy's). The band is working on potential release dates now, so stay tuned!

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