WRITTEN BY: EMILY WATERS, MARKETING INTERN
David Bowie once said “Every time I’ve made a radical change it’s helped me feel buoyant as an artist,” and we are sure Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum would agree with Bowie on this. The band, formerly known as Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, has changed their name and is moving back to their musical roots in Florida.
In the words of the group’s founder and flat picking front man, Brett Bass, the inspiration behind the name change came from wanting to “step out on [his] own and separate [himself] from the outlaw persona required for Grandpa’s Cough Medicine.” Bass, part of the band for more than ten years, has decided now to use his “platform as a musician to spread positivity and joy,” and changing the name allows him to stray away from “the darker material Grandpa’s Cough Medicine [was] known for.” The ‘Melted Plectrum’ portion of the group’s new name stems from the proper name for a guitar pick, “plectrum”, and the group intends to “melt a few.” While the band’s style will be similar, their music will be more family friendly, influenced by high energy bluegrass tunes from Bass’s time in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Whatever name they choose to go by, we are looking forward to our June 23 Garden Concert with Brett Bass and Melted Plectrum, and hope everyone is excited to enjoy their new tunes!