The Strut
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The Strut

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"The Strut on AMX 104.9"

(referencing an acoustic performance)

"These guys walked into the studio with a violin and a bass, and I was bit skeptical. But then they started rapping and......well, honestly, that was brilliant." - THE AMX 104.9 with Brandon and Bobbit

"The Strut Tackles Hip-Hop"

.."Emerging from the classical performance and jazz disciplines, the band's members are known around town more for their conventional performances than their newest creation, a high-energy, sarcastic, punchy blend of rap, funk, hip-hop, and classical music.
The band prides themselves on bringing their audience a show. Take note here - The Strut's definition of a show involves quite a bit more than just a simple set of songs. Costumes are created, lighting is carefully planned, and a "story" emerges. Take a peek at their myspace ( and brace yourself for a roller coaster ride through alternate "history". Are we listening to "The Strut", or is this simply a tribute-band to an ensemble extinguished before they had their chance at celebrity? Apparently, details will be revealed...

The album consists of nine songs, each of which is introduced by a radio interview between what appears to be "Edward", a radio DJ, and a .....robot?? Prepare for intense comedic relief, as "Sir Rap-o-Tron" describes the formation of the band, -roaring sucess, and their tragic end.
It's almost impossible to pinpoint a trademark "sound" of the ensemble. From slow laments concerning the blue-collar lifestyle in "Blues in the Key of Corporate" to a raunchy depiction of Julia Child's "vacation" to Mexico in "Down South", listeners are consistently left guessing as to where they will be taken next. The music itself is about as catchy as it comes. If you don't find yourself dancing, check your vitals. Blazing guitar and violin riffs are enhanced by funky bass lines and an exotic blend of drum set and percussive instruments.

The Strut is a band worth paying attention to. Although success is never guaranteed, rest assured that this band will live experiences the rest of us may find captivating, revolting, or just about anything in between..." - Fayetteville Free Weekly


Rappers Today Vol.1
Released Dec. 19, 2009

-several tracks streaming on

Album available on iTunes,, Limewire beginning early February.



It is not often that a dedicated group of individuals permanently alters the sonic landscape of their world. The Strut dared to do so. Armed with only their instruments and a dream, this Alabama-based quartet combined their native bluegrass with an uncompromising, truly raw urban hip-hop sound. The final product of this deviant musical chemistry?? Hip-grass - 23 grammy wins - 4 world tours (one of which was devoted to educating our youth.....explanation to follow) - and a tragic end. After being brutally murdered on October 3rd, 1996 in a manner which can only be described as "vicious" (New York Times), "satanic" (Rolling Stone), and " just plain ungodly" (Christian Science Monitor), The Strut was cast into obscurity, their music forgotten.


The Strut Tribute Band, managed by the lone survivor of this musical holocaust, Rap-o-Tron (Sir Tron, after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992), have resurrected the god-like tones of their slain comrades, and have embarked upon a mission to remind the citizens of Planet Earth what it means to GET DOWN.



Who Killed the Strut?

Topping U.S. and World Report's recent list of "Unsolvable Conspiracies" (n.b. - the assassination of J.F.K. was recently bumped to 2), many have questioned the motives behind this barbaric atrocity. Some have claimed that The Strut's demise is directly related to the release of "Mom's Basement", a previously undiscovered track whose lyrics bear remarkable resemblance to the late Tupac Shakur's "Thug Mansion." Did the Strut ghost-write for this iconic symbol of rap?? Did the Strut CREATE rap? Questions which may never be answered....

What the Hell is Rap-o-Tron?

Some may remember the devastating natural disaster that occurred in 1908 in the depths of the barren Siberian tundra. After a remarkably powerful asteroid impact, many citizens of neighboring villages began to notice strange, pulsing back beat rhythms emanating from the darkness in the early hours of the morning. Days later, what appeared to be an metal- clad human emerged from the darkness. His name : Rap-o-Tron. His mission: Education and Devastation. After provoking and spearheading several global conflicts (wikipedia World War I & II, The Great Depression, and the Cuban Missile Crisis), Rap-o-tron realized that destroying human life was not near as entertaining as managing urban music groups. Thus, he embarked upon a quest to discover an authentic, uncompromising hip-hop sound. He discovered The Strut in 1992.

Alex Smith
Hornet's Nest Productions