Statement from May 4th 2018 via GCM FaceBook account, now: https://www.facebook.com/BrettBassAndMeltedPlectrum/
Well folks, I do believe I’ve ridden this train to the end of the rails and am excited for something new. Today will be the last gig we play as “Grandpa’s Cough Medicine”. I’ll be moving back home to Florida, re-branding under my own name and rolling out a full schedule of shows with the new band I’ve assembled there. As the founder of GCM, I feel comfortable closing that book after 10+ years and multiple lineup changes. It’s been fun, and I’ll be forever grateful for all the great experiences I’ve had at the helm, but I plan on moving away from the pigeon hole of being an “outlaw”. A lot of those songs just don’t represent the way I feel or who I am anymore and I don’t intend to continue giving them stage time. The new band is going to be a more family-friendly affair, which is not to say I’m going soft, but more that I have matured as a person/songwriter and want to use my public platform in a more responsible manner. The glorification of violence is the main thing I aim to leave behind, because that’s where my heart is at. This world has enough of it without my help. To those of you who will be disappointed by this news, you have my condolences, but I gotta do what I gotta do. To those of you who are excited to hear I’ll still be playing high energy, gutsy original bluegrass, then please stick around to follow the journey of Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum, the upcoming schedule will be announced soon. Endless love and gratitude to everyone who’s ever supported us, I appreciate it more than I can express. Onward and upward.
See you soon Florida friends, Brett Bass
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So we did it. All the tracking for our third album is complete and we’re home from Nashville. We feel good about the material and the quality of our performances. Now is the torturous period where we wait to hear a first mix, not sure how long it will take. There’s also a couple of interesting things in the air as far as guest appearances go. But I’ll only feel comfortable announcing that once it’s settled. But we’re really trying hard to pull out all the stops on this album. The last couple months have been a whirlwind. Time to rest and practice patience. We think you guys will enjoy the fruits of our labor.
We just finished the second day of recording and things are going great. Thus far, we’ve knocked out all of the rhythm guitar, bass, banjo and my lead vocals. That’s damn good progress, and Randy has commended us for coming in prepared. Tomorrow morning we’ve got our good friend Aaron Till (who guests on our previous record) coming in to record some fiddle tracks again, but this time he will be joined by multiple Grammy winner and IBMA fiddle player of the year, Jason Carter of the Del McCoury Band. I’ve had the vision of twin fiddles on a particular tune of mine for a while now and I think these guys will really knock it out of the park. I’ve had the pleasure of playing guitar at festivals with The Travelin’ McCourys several times now, and playing with Jason always puts a huge smile on my face. Can’t wait to hear the treatment they’ll give our music. I’ve also decided to have Randy Kohrs play a dobro track on one of our instrumental tunes, because I really think our fans need to be aware of the amount of musical talent this man possesses. Producing is just one of the hats he wears, he is also a world class instrumentalist and I’ve been a fan of his dobro playing since I became aware of his existence years ago. So while I’ll play dobro on a few tunes, we’re gonna turn Randy loose on one just because I want to. Coming in on Thursday we’ll have harmonica phenom Isaac Corbitt from The Corbitt Brothers Band bring his magic to a tune as well. I’m really happy with how things are coming together and we might just have a huge surprise for everyone, which I won’t announce just in case it doesn’t pan out. Things are going splendidly and we’re having a blast doing it. – Brett Bass