This song was written in honor of Bluegrass Pride during our first season and almost immediately became our unofficial anthem here in San Francisco. Its message of inclusion and unqualified acceptance speaks to the exact mission of Bluegrass Pride and the way we want the world to be. Making this music video was a way for us to show people what Bluegrass Pride is really about.
The past two years have been an absolute whirlwind. From that first living room meeting brainstorming what a Bluegrass Pride celebration would look like all the way to where we are now, we've had quite the journey. And that is why I am so thrilled to be here today: announcing the start of Bluegrass Pride as its own nonprofit organization, devoted full-time to the advancement of LGBT musicianship and inclusion within the global bluegrass community.
BLUEGRASS PRIDE EXCLUSIVE – A driving old-time flavored tune composed by Brandon Godman, "General Kuster" is the sole instrumental on the album, shining a spotlight on the true picking talent of all of the musicians featured. It was written in honor of Bluegrass Pride and the leader of the 2017 Bluegrass Pride season, Ted Kuster.
We here at Bluegrass Pride didn't set out this year with a carefully thought out plan for how to grow, or what new things we wanted to accomplish. Honestly, most of the plans we did make got thrown out or updated along the way to parade day.
The growth and gains we have made all came about organically as we pushed ourselves to do the best we could for this family we have built over the past 18 months. The love we have for each other and for all of you drives us to work harder and do more, every day.
This beautiful and inspiring journey is chock full of hardworking individuals and organizations. Each time I’d hear of another component of the project, I’d just get that warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. This is what communities do for each other. This is what family and neighbors do for each other. They lift one another up, support one another. They build strong foundations, knowing that a strong base can only create a strong future.