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Pimps of Pompe Debut Album Release Show at The Grey Eagle!
March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm$10
Asheville-based gypsy-jazz hip-hop outfit Pimps of Pompe are proud to announce the release of their debut self-titled EP onMarch 31, 2020. With one foot firmly rooted in the nostalgic swing of gypsy jazz and the other stepping boldly forward into hip-hop and R&B, the group has burst out on the regional music scene this year as ultimate mashup artists. Their signature sound — swing with swag — transports the listener to a party where both Snoop Dogg and Django Reinhardt sip champagne and rock gold chains, and the band will host a similarly spirited celebration of musical integration on March 31 at The Grey Eagle.
Fans of old-school hip hop and swing enthusiasts alike can appreciate hearing fresh takes on their favorites. In fact, this is the driving ethos behind bandleader Cynthia McDermott’s development of this classy, sassy blend — “I got tired of thinking I had to make a choice between old and new, or jazz and hip-hop. These arrangements give me everything I want; the bold, sexy swagger of modern rap and R&B, combined with the sultry, romantic moods that jazz evokes.”
With 7 songs, the album provides a perfect introduction to the diversity of the Pimps’ sound. Familiar lyrics from 90s classics like Shoop and Gin & Juice receive a splash of sophistication when set to iconic gypsy jazz compositions (Daphne and Tears), while stripped-down versions of pop hits like Drunk In Love infuse modern production with a vintage vibe. The band lays down timeless versions of two other Django originals, Douce Ambiance and the instrumental waltz Chez Jacquet. The inclusion of two of Cynthia McDermott’s original songs provide another glimpse into the depth of her musical influences and songwriting prowess — This Is How It Is provides a message of love and acceptance floating on a dreamy bossa nova vibe, while the doo-wop style love song Baby, Slow It Down emphasizes the importance of maintaining independence in a developing relationship.
Armed with an expansive repertoire of hip-shaking numbers and the unique ability to bridge fans across a spectrum of musical eras, Pimps of Pompe can be found hard at work this spring bringing the joy of the mashup to a venue near you. Pimps of Pompe EP will be released to all major streaming platforms on Tuesday, March 31, with hard copies available for purchase at all live shows. A complete list of tour dates can be found at www.pimpsofpompe.com.