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The Outlook Musician's Spotlight Shines on GMP - Grieco, Morton & Peters

Mark Grieco, bass and vocals, Tim Morton, drums and vocals, and Jesse Peters, guitar and vocals, are the members of GMP, an area band that has been playing together for the past two years.

After a long break last year after Grieco broke his ankle in a snowboarding accident, they are again active in the area music scene, and agreed to answer a few questions

RFS: What type of music do you play?

Mark: I'd call it Rhythm and Blues if we had to put a name on it.

Jesse: It's eclectic and hard to label - I call it Rock & Roll. Simple and to the point. When pressed, I will mention that we play a range of styles, from acoustic-based pop songs to rockabilly throw-downs to backbeat rock. We have some modern groove numbers too, such as my tune "Slipstream", as well as classic covers like "Day Tripper."

RFS: Name some of the groups you cover.

Los Lobos, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Chris Whitley, The Beatles, The Stones, The Subdudes. We do a Michael Jackson and a Brad Paisley song too, so we're kind of all over the place!

RFS: Do you do originals, and if so, who writes?

Yes, Jesse writes a lot of our material and a typical set consists of 1/3-1/2 of his tunes.

RFS: How would you describe the local music scene? It seems right now that a lot of groups that are not doing your typical covers are still able to play around quite a bit. Do you see that as well?

Mark: I think there is a vibrant music scene around here, and that most music lovers are more interested in hearing music that is new to their ears than the same old covers, so in addition to featuring Jesse's songs we tend to play what we like to listen to, much of which is outside the mainstream.

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