Rose's Pawn Shop

Rose's Pawn Shop

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Rose’s Pawn Shop is a tornado of Appalachian bluegrass, alt-country, rock, Americana, folk, Celtic, punk and the kitchen sink. Since 2006 RPS has toured extensively, electrifying audiences with their high-energy stage show, punk-bluegrass-a-billy attitude and genre-blending, boot-stomping tunes.


Los Angeles based band Rose’s Pawn Shop is a tornado of Appalachian bluegrass, alt-country, rock, Americana, folk, Celtic, punk and the kitchen sink, drawing in not only the attention of critics and fans but other musicians as well. Over the years, Rose’s Pawn Shop has played with a diverse roster of bands including Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Junior Brown, Ghostland Observatory, Blues Traveler, DeVotchka, Old Crow Medicine Show, Levon Helm, Blue Rodeo, Conor Oberst and the Mystic River Band, Railroad Earth, The Sadies, and The Duhks. Jack White hand-picked them to open for The Raconteurs.

Founded in late 2005, within a year’s time Rose’s Pawn Shop had released their debut CD The Arsonist, won the Best Band in the West title in the Billboard Magazine/Disc Makers Independent World Series, and were named Amoeba Records’ Homegrown Artist of the Month.

Since 2006 Rose’s Pawn Shop has toured extensively throughout the United States(over 100 dates a year) electrifying festival, theater, club, saloon, and honky tonk audiences with their high energy stage show, punk-bluegrass-a-billy attitude and their genre-blending, boot-stomping tunes.

In 2010 they entered the studio with veteran producer Ethan Allen(Gram Rabbit, Throwing Muses, Better Than Ezra, The 88, Brant Bjork, Patty Griffin) and recorded and released their sophomore album Dancing On The Gallows to great critical acclaim.

Career Highlights:
Since 2006 Rose’s Pawn Shop has toured extensively throughout the United States on several national tours, in addition to several mini-tours throughout California, the Northwest, Southwest, Colorado and Utah. Here are some of their career highlights:

Music Festival Performances:
• Floyd Fest 2007, 2009, 2010 - Floyd, VA
• Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA
• Sunset Junction Street Festival – Los Angeles, CA
• Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA
• CMJ Music Festival – New York City, NY
• Nemo Music Festival – Boston, MA
• North Park Music Thing – San Diego, CA
• Topanga Banjo Fiddle and Folk Festival – Agoura Hills, CA
• Americana Music Association Conference – Nashville, TN
• Santa Fe Bandstand Music Series – Santa Fe, NM
• Mountain Music and Jam Festival – Mineral Wells, WV
• College of Santa Fe Quadstock Festival – Santa Fe, NM

• Second album Dancing On The Gallows charted 4 weeks straight on CMJ Top 200 Chart and received extensive national and international airplay on college, AAA, country and alternative radio formats.
• Live in-studio performance, interview, and album review at Seattle tastemaker radio station KEXP 90.3.
• Dancing On The Gallows charts on the Roots Music Radio Report Bluegrass Top 50 for several months.
• Live in-studio performance and interview on KAT Country 102 Amarillo, TX.
• Live in-studio performance and interview on WMBR 88.1 Cambridge, MA.
• Reached #1 for 4 straight weeks at KPUR 94.5 Forest Grove, OR.

Awards, Performance Highlights and Honors:
• Winner of the 2006 Billboard Magazine/Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series, winning $5000 cash and over $20,000 in prizes. Rose’s Pawn Shop in competition with over 1,200 bands, narrowed down to 6 finalists, and won the top prize.
• Handpicked by Jack White to open for Jack White and the Raconteurs at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
• Amoeba Records Homegrown Artist of the Month.
• Month Long Residency at The Parkside Lounge in New York City, NY.
• Month Long Residency at The Redwood Bar in Los Angeles, CA.
• Performance at the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA.
• Featured artist at ASCAP showcase at The Basement in Nashville, TN.
• Recorded 2nd album Dancing On The Gallows with renowned producer Ethan Allen(Gram Rabbit, Throwing Muses, Brant Bjork, Patty Griffin)
• Twice performed at Phoenix Botanical Garden’s Music Series in Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to these highlights, below is a partial list of some of the well-respected venues Rose’s Pawn Shop has performed at over the last 2 years:

House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
The Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Continental Club – Austin, TX
12th & Porter – Nashville, TN
The Derby – Los Angeles, CA
The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
College of Santa Fe – Santa Fe, NM
Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY
The Living Room – New York, NY
TT and the Bears – Boston, MA
Double Door – Chicago, IL
The Basement – Nashville, TN

It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping strains of Appalachian bluegrass channeled through a rock band here in Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose’s Pawn Shop, is a pleasant surprise.

Singer-songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the disparate array of popular musical styles any late 20th century kid did. And in that



Written By: Rose's Pawn Shop

Verse 1:
You burned me on purpose, still I don’t leave
You’re that old addiction, a strange disease
What we built on trust now melts in molten lies
In the path of destruction is the beauty in your eyes

Eventually, I’ll be alright
But not tonight,
Not tonight

Verse 2:
I’m walking down pacific with a knife in my back
And all the eyes are staring, cause mine are red and black
I’m looking for the arsonist, the one who set this blaze
He’s hiding in the shadows, a smile on his face

I should kick you into the cold
But I could never be that bold
I just can’t let go
And your heart's already in a freeze
Cause when I’m down here on my knees
Your shoulders shrug so


Self-titled EP (November 2005)

The Arsonist(2006)
01. The Arsonist
02. Funeral Pyre
03. Deep Red Clay
04. One-man Show
05. Lone Rider
06. Long Way to Fall
07. Reckoning
08. My Old Valentine
09. Down the Line
10. Blood Running Rivers

Dancing On The Gallows(2010)
01. Dancing on the Gallows
02. Danger Behind the Wheel
03. The Well
04. Pine Box
05. Ball of Flames
06. Patiently
07. The Bed in Which You Lie
08. Straw Man
09. Strangers
10. One Last Glass of Whiskey
11. The Garden
12. Debt Collector

Set List

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Over 4 hours of music available.