Ranky Tanky - the Charleston, South Carolina-based global ambassadors for Gullah music - have won the 2023 GRAMMY Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album, their second GRAMMY win in a four year span. Celebrating the music of their West African-rooted Gullah community, Ranky Tanky were honored in 2023 for their first-ever live album - which was captured during their debut at the iconic New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last year. Ranky Tanky previously took home Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2020 for their studio album 'Good Time,' marking the first-ever GRAMMY Award win for an album of Gullah music. The five-piece have now won Best Regional Roots Album for two consecutive releases, and become the most awarded group in the history of the category.
"Live performance is at the heart of what we do as Ranky Tanky and to be recognized for our inaugural set on the historic New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival stage is a high honor," the band said during their acceptance speech. "Once again, it is an honor to be able to stand on the shoulders of our Gullah Ancestry and continue to bring this music and message to the world!"
The 2023 GRAMMY win is just the latest in a long line of 'firsts' that Ranky Tanky has achieved for the music of the Gullah community. The five-piece also reached #1 on each of the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes jazz charts, brought their songs and stories to national television on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The TODAY Show and PBS Newshour - and even performed during President Joe Biden's 2020 inauguration festivities. 'Live at the 2022 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival' features a setlist of Ranky Tanky fan favorites reimagined for the live stage, culled from their GRAMMY-winning album 'Good Time' and the band's self-titled 2018 debut, plus previously unreleased originals “Lift Me Up” and “Down In My Heart.”
For more information on Ranky Tanky and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit: https://www.rankytanky.com/