180 Proof is another way of saying 90 percent alcohol, the most potent of moonshines. It’s also another way of describing the music contained in the new CD by Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, aptly titled “180 Proof.” GCM is Jacksonville, Fla.’s premiere bluegrass trio, and one of the most potent in the country—scratch that, the world.
Led by one of the true rising stars of flatpicking, Brett Bass will astound with his flawless, lightning-fast leads. He is joined by another rising star, Mike Coker, who’s intensity and perfection on the five-string banjo drops jaws wherever they play, and Jon Murphy, who’s unerring solidity on the bass acts as glue in this amazing trio. On “180 Proof,” the band’s third album, GCM steps it up a notch again, bringing in Randy Kohrs as producer for the second time, and guest artists Hank Williams III, harmonica master Isaac Corbitt (Corbitt Brothers), and fiddlers Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band) and Aaron Till (Nashville Bluegrass Band, Jim Lauderdale, The Mavericks), as well as featuring Kohrs on the dobro on one song.
“180 Proof” exacerbates the label of “outlaw bluegrass” with tunes like “Liquid Courage,” “Brand New .22,” “Flat Pick-Diculous,” “Respect the Shine,” “Blood and Justice,” and the outstanding title cut featuring a great, enthusiastic vocal from Hank 3. The energy expended on this album will leave you exhausted but ready for more, and might just have you reaching for a good bottle of moonshine.
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