Band

“You want hardcore Power Grass that will drop your jaw and get your heart racing? Grandpa’s Cough Medicine delivers- fresh and dark lyrically, these guys are not scared of exploring unconventional subject matter with their truly unique presentation on acoustic instruments. It’s a thrilling musical ride, going in a whole new direction!”
– Larry Keel

“Grandpa’s Cough Medicine is the kind of band that will always put you in a good mood when needed!”
– Hank 3

Blazing tempos, outlaw attitude, foot-stomping intensity, acoustic wizardry. These things all accurately describe Grandpa’s Cough Medicine’s tongue in cheek approach to bluegrass music. Carving out a niche that is all their own, they include humor and dark subject matter in their lyrics, yet are fully capable of letting their musicianship do the talking with instrumental compositions. The trio’s seemingly simple combination of flat-picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo, mandolin and two vocals creates a sound so huge, that it can make a six piece band blush. Their first CD “Jailbird Blues” was lauded in their hometown of Jacksonville, FL as one of the “Top Ten Local Albums of 2011″, and their second album “The Murder Chord” was released in August of 2012 to high acclaim. They were the top-voted music act in 2014’s One Spark festival in Jacksonville, garnering lots of publicity and a check for over $11,500. This money was used to record their third album “180 Proof”, which was released February, 6th 2015 and features guest spots from Jason Carter, Aaron Till, Randy Kohrs, Isaac Corbitt and Hank Williams III. In July of 2015 GCM ventured to Lyons, Colorado to compete in the Rockygrass instrument contests. Brett took 1st place in flat pick guitar and 2nd place for dobro. Mikey won 1st place for banjo.

 


Members

 

Brett Bass – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals

The founding member of GCM, Brett Bass was inspired to play guitar at age 11 when he heard the guitar solo in Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. He immersed himself into the world of heavy metal electric guitar playing, practicing for hours a day. It was at age 17 that he was bitten by the acoustic bug, hearing how bluegrass pickers were just as fast and technical as his favorite metal players. He began learning how to sing and play Johnny Cash songs, as well as how to pick bluegrass fiddle tunes. The first songs he ever wrote (Many of which are on “Jailbird Blues”) came out in the country/bluegrass style, so he ran with it. The playing of his favorite bluegrass flat pickers, such as: Doc Watson, Bryan Sutton and Larry Keel became his new guitar inspiration, absorbing their styles through albums and instructional DVDs. His songwriting reflects the influence of the decidedly darker subject matter found in heavy metal music. Brett is the 2015 Rockygrass flat pick guitar champion.

 

Mike “Banjo Boy” Coker – Banjo

Mike Coker had a revelation at age 11, when he heard banjo legend Earl Scruggs playing the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies” on TV. He told his father that day, that he wanted to play the banjo. He received his first 5-string and began taking lessons in traditional, Scruggs style banjo. He played in a youth band for several years and fatefully ran into Brett one day at a bluegrass jam. They began jamming, collaborating and writing songs until he was brought into the band. Mikey’s stellar playing and youth earned him the nickname “Banjo Boy” and his presence in the band greatly influenced GCM’s playing, causing them to go faster than ever before. He is also the 2015 Rockygrass banjo champion.

 

Caleb Hanks – Mandolin, Vocals

Caleb Hanks started playing music from a very young age coming from generations of musicians on both sides of his family, being influenced mainly by his father, banjo player Bucky Hanks. Starting with drums then onto guitar, bass, cello, saxophone, and finally landing on the mandolin in 2008, he eventually met up with with two time national banjo championship winner Charles Wood and went on to form their band Nitrograss in 2010. He has written in a multitude of musical genres and has had original music featured on compilations with Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono and David Crosby while on Warren Haynes’ (Allman Brothers, Government Mule) company Hard Head Management. In Caleb’s off time he has worked as an artist for Tom DeLonge of punk band Blink-182 fame’s company “To The Stars” and he also enjoys writing/recording/programing/mixing his own solo music and writes/illustrates an online sci-fi comic book. He also loves chicken wings.