Blog - posted on September 7, 2014 by

Starting The Next Chapter Of Our Musical Legacy

I gotta say, it feels really good to be back in Nashville. Tomorrow morning, we’ll be heading back to Slack Key Studio to record our third full-length album with Grammy award winning producer Randy Kohrs, who is also a world class dobro player and singer.  A true expert in the genre of bluegrass music and a man I’m glad to call a friend. All of this will be at zero cost to us because of the $11,500 we won at One Spark. So yeah it feels really good. No financial pressure, no real time constraints, nothing to think about but giving the best performances we’re capable of as a band. I’ll be picking up the blogging efforts since Jon will be busy with school, and I want to document the whole recording process for anyone who’s interested. This record will forever remain as part of my/our musical legacy and I plan on giving it everything I’ve got. You can expect blazing instrumentals, irreverent humor, murder songs, lighthearted story songs, some scathing social commentary, basically everything you’ve come to expect from GCM and maybe some things you don’t expect. Some people will certainly be offended and that’s okay by us, because we think the rest of you who really get what we’re doing will love it. Regardless, it’ll be 100% us and will forever stand as a monument to where we are at this point in our musical journey. Time to get to work. – Brett Bass

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Blog - posted on April 4, 2013 by

Hog hunting in FL

Today I was able to venture into a beautiful section of wild Florida. I sat completely still in a tree stand, among thirty foot pines, a small pond and the Nassau river to my back. Remaining silent as nature sang it’s song all around me. Insects chirping, bullfrogs croaking, blue jays squawking. The crows all seemed to have a convention to go to. A multitude flying the same direction, cawing the whole way. My reason for being in the woods was predatory. Feral hogs were my prey. (Find out more about them here: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw322) I’ve avoided factory farmed meat for a little over a month. While I’ve not been completely strict with it, I’ve cut my meat consumption down by a solid 75% or so. By doing this I’ve created a stronger desire than ever to hunt and harvest my own meat. While I didn’t see any hogs, I enjoyed myself immensely. Spending time in the great outdoors is always such a pleasure, and being in touch with where your meat comes from should be a part of every carnivore’s life. I’ve got a few other hog hunts lined up, can’t wait to put meat back in my diet. – Brett

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Blog - posted on February 7, 2013 by

Merica’s Got “Talent”

GCM was offered a direct audition with the producers of America’s Got Talent. NBC contacted us, with no prodding on our part, to come audition for the show. No lines, no waiting with the clueless masses who don’t know they suck. How tempting, a chance at national TV exposure for our little bluegrass band from Jacksonville. But we read the contract, in fact, we read it several times. The rights to our live performance, recordings, merchandise, publishing and touring are all things they would be requesting control of past a certain point on the program. These rights are the lifeblood of any successful artist, and we have decided signing them away to a giant corporation is not the way we want to find success. We have faith in our music, in our skill and in ourselves. We have decided participating in the exploitative, circus-like spectacle of America’s Got Talent is not the road we want to travel, and we will do just fine without it. After much consideration, this is the most informed choice we can make. And frankly, we don’t think we would be doing any great favors to music or art by acknowledging these kinds of popularity contests as worthwhile deciders of talent. We hope all our friends and fans will support us in this decision. Fuck the TV.

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