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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Press - posted on June 5, 2014 by

The Murder Chord and Bluegrass Fusion in Bluegrass Today

I recently got a message from a musician with a band called Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (I was a little hurt that they rejected my band name idea, Grandpa’s Immunosuppressant Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicinebut I got over it). He suggested that I write something about the “cross-pollination” of music, audiences, and if space permitted, clover and ragweed.

The ulterior motive in this suggestion is that their band has recently fused bluegrass and heavy metal, ironically with a sort of anti-metal song calledThe Murder Chord in which a dissonant power chord causes a young man to murder his whole family. Sort of Megadeth meets “The Lawson Family Murder.” Apparently it’s generating buzz, though that may just be the distortion…

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Press - posted on June 2, 2014 by

“The Murder Chord”: A Bluegrass Song About Metal and Violence

I’m having a hard time figuring out if Grandpa’s Cough Medicine‘s “The Murder Chord,” a bluegrass song about a kid who gets into metal and is subsequently inspired to murder his entire family, is trying to make a serious point, or just tell an entertaining story. The lyrics certainly suggest that the group has a familiarity with metal… but nothing about them really suggests that the group is “in on the joke,” so to speak. Ditto the video, which, other than some overly-dramatic imagery which often mimics that of actual death metal clips, is not particularly humorous. I don’t think the group is trying to pull a PRMC (or aPARRM), buttttt… like I said, it’s not entirely clear.

Regardless, the song is pretty good. Dude sure can play a mean bluegrass solo, that’s for sure.  – Axl Rosenberg

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