"The Voice of Tradition"
Vocals, Lead Guitar, and Old-time Banjo
Gary Brewer is the founder and front man of the legendary American roots music group, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers. He formed the band in 1980 at just 14 years old. He is a fifth generation musician with ties dating back to the 1920s where his Great Grandpa Finley J. Brewer Sr. performed as part of the original Carter Family. Gary grew up in music. After years of playing rock, a career in Bluegrass and Americana music chose him. A hospital stay caused him to set down the electric guitar and grab the acoustic. Brewer is widely considered a guitarist’s guitarist. George Gruhn of “Gruhn’s Guitars” in Nashville, TN was recently quoted saying “Gary Brewer is to the guitar what Bill Monroe was to the mandolin.”
Throughout the last 43 years, Gary has made multiple Grand Ole Opry guest appearances, performed in all 50 states and 18 countries in Europe, Canada, all while independently building one of the genres largest independent followings. His sold out European tour ran for 30 days straight and later produced a double live album recorded at select shows on the tour. Among topping nearly every industry chart throughout his career with multiple #1 albums some of his stand-out releases include an album titled “Guitar” which was recorded alongside Bill Monroe, Uncle Josh Graves, and Larry Sparks as guest artists. That album would be the last commercially released recording of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe which included a guitar tablature book published/released by Mel Bay. Gary pays homage to his bluegrass roots with an all-star tribute album to the King of Bluegrass, “Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner”. The title track was written by country music hall of famer Tom T. Hall specifically for this album which included basically “the Bluegrass Album Band with Gary in place of Tony Rice” amongst other special guests.
Gary tours now with his 2 sons Wayne and Mason Brewer and a banjo player performing mostly original music. His written and recorded material/catalog has since widely influenced artists/musicians in multiple genres; In addition to producing all of his projects. Brewer had been signed to multiple top record labels, but seeking independent creative control early on in his career he launched his own label SGM Records (Stretch Grass Music) with a collective 50+ albums released to date. With his vast experience and love for music, he recently achieved a life long dream of having his very own studio built back in 2020. Called “Brewgrass Entertainment Studios” located on his 500+ acre Farm in a warehouse that also houses the entertainer’s tour bus and vintage muscle car collection.
With 2020 came Gary’s 40th year as a touring musician along with his most recent release “40th Anniversary Celebration” including 14 original tracks acting as a “Best of Gary Brewer” album (featuring Doug Phelps/The Kentucky Headhunters, Ashton Shepherd, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sam Bush, and more as guests) It topped the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart for 16 weeks and stayed in the top 5 for an astonishing 72 weeks. The album was also on Billboard’s all-genre ‘Top Current Albums Sales’ and the 2020/2021 year-end charts listed between mainstream artists Ariana Grande and Rob Zombie. Released to widespread attention, the album gained a cult following and was referred to by one publication as “The biggest bluegrass record since dueling banjos'!” With rave reviews from American Songwriter, Medium Magazine, Thrive Global, Music Row, NewsBreak, Take Effect, Roots Music Report, Vents Magazine, and more. Viral independent music publication, Saving Country Music, recently credited Gary Brewer along with Sturgill Simpson, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and Bela Fleck as artists that have brought Bluegrass back into mainstream.