"The Voice of Tradition"
Vocals, Lead Guitar, and Old-time Banjo
For 40 years now, Gary Brewer has been a very highly respected and successful singer, songwriter, musician, promoter, and producer. Gary performs and records in several different genres, he has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Lincoln Center multiple times, writes and records all original material, ran Louisville's largest free Bluegrass Festival (Strictly Bluegrass Festival), booking artists in all genres (Some of which include: Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Mark Chestnut, the Isaacs, the McKameys, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Ralph Stanley, etc.), and he produces his own projects and TV Shows. He is a full-time performing artist and has toured all 50 states numerous times and 18 countries in Europe. His heritage goes back 6 generations and he tours today alongside his 2 sons and a banjo player.
Gary has recorded for multiple major record labels, including Copper Creek, releasing 29 studio albums and a double live album which was recorded on one of his European tours. Now, he has launched his own label called SGM Records (Stretch Grass Music). He has released an additional 21 albums on his label. Gary Brewer specializes in Bluegrass, Country, Old-time, Americana, and Bluegrass Gospel. A lot of his early recordings charted in Country and Americana as well as Bluegrass. He has recorded several top 10 hits in the Bluegrass Industry. Gary has also had very successful albums that can be considered Folk and Old-time Mountain Music. He received the honor of having the #1 Bluegrass-Gospel album in the Nation. Gary is a BMI songwriter and gives fans his own original material. Gary has had such notable guests as Bill Monroe, J.D. Crowe, Uncle Josh Graves, Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and many more. Gary has received praises from multiple Country music artists such as Tom T. Hall, Porter Wagoner, Alan Jackson, Sammy Kershaw, John Anderson, and more. A few quotes include:
"Gary Brewer has a great group, works hard on his act, and is an excellent Bluegrass singer."
"Gary Brewer is a Kentuckian. Born to the music. He's a "natural" and we are proud to know him. Gary comes from a long line of pickers and singers. What he knows about music, he learned firsthand. I would guess Gary knows more songs and tunes than most any of his business."
-Tom T. Hall and Dixie
Included in his recordings, Gary did an All-Star tribute to the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin, before he passed. He called it “Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner”. It featured 12 Bluegrass and Country tracks. The title song on this tribute was written by Tom T. Hall specifically for this album. 'Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner' was nominated for Song of the Year at the IBMAs, in 2000.
“Gary is a great guitar picker and has a great voice. He and his dad have the best show on the circuit!”
-Jimmy Martin (The King of Bluegrass)
Out of all of Gary’s accomplishments throughout his career, he esteems being the last person to have commercially recorded with the late and great Bill Monroe one of his highest. Gary had Bill Monroe on his “Guitar” CD along with Uncle Josh Graves. He took pride in knowing he was the only one to ever get Bill Monroe and Uncle Josh Graves into the studio together. Because of Gary’s “Guitar” album, he was then nominated for Guitar Player of the Year at the IBMAs.
“This boy right here is 100% Bluegrass! He comes from good stock.”
-Bill Monroe (The Father of Bluegrass)
Recently, Gary released a vintage country CD (due to popular demand) titled "Vintage Country Revival". It brought the group great success charting at #1 on the Global Country Radio Charts and received 2 GRAMMY nominations for Best Americana Album and Best American-Roots Performance. The album included a guest appearance by 15-year-old prodigy, EmiSunshine. One of his recent Bluegrass releases, "HOMESTRETCH" included his hit single "Derby City Flash" which was featured on CMT with its dressed down 'on the farm' music video. This Louisville hit is played during the Kentucky Derby, and because of this song, Gary Brewer was presented with a personalized Louisville Slugger Bat by the Louisville Slugger Museum.
Throughout his career, Gary Brewer has been a promoter for a lot of people and events/venues. Gary became a main staple for promotions in Louisville. Recently, he hosted 5 years of his Friday Night Bluegrass winter concert series at the Shepherdsville Music Barn, until its dissolution. He then took his winter series to Simpsonville, KY as a 6-month artist residency and kick-off to his 40th Anniversary celebration tour. Gary and his boys partnered with KY's largest outlet mall, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass to open their own live music venue inside called Brewgrass Entertainment. Gary is still considered the top Bluegrass promotor in the state of Kentucky having 6 months of shows at his live music venue and his bi-annual music festival "Shin-dig in the Park".
Being a producer has helped Gary Brewer in his career. He has been able to produce all of his own projects, along with helping other artists. Outside of producing his music, he has had a couple of his very own TV shows. He produced and starred in "This Week in Bluegrass" which included a live audience, guest bands, and performances by his band, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. Gary has also produced numerous instructional DVDs, concert DVDs, and music videos.
Brewer has appeared in nearly every major Bluegrass Publication, festival, or event; including television shows
and specials over the years. Most recently, he and the guys were featured performers on WHAS 11s 'Crusade for Children' and National TV show, "Song of the Mountains". Gary Brewer is a frequent subject on the World Famous www.bluegrasstoday.com and is promoted on Bluegrass radio stations such as WFPK-FM and WMAK (AM/FM), WKWC (FM) and “The Bluegrass Mix” (internet).
Gary Brewer is currently celebrating his 40th Anniversary in music. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 40th Anniversary Celebration tour was postponed to 2021-2022. The guys will be touring the US and Europe extensively. In celebration of his 40 years, he released a collaboration CD titled 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring 14 original tracks performed by Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers along with special guests: Sam Bush, Doug Phelps (The Kentucky Headhunters), The Travelin' McCourys, Dale Ann Bradley, Russell Moore, Ralph Stanley II, T. Graham Brown, and Ashton Shepherd. Since its release in May 2020, it's been #1 multiple times on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and has sat comfortably in the top 5 for nearly 50 weeks. In addition to the chart success, Gary has been featured in countless publications including Medium Magazine, Thrive Global, Music Row, NewsBreak, Take Effect, Bluegrass Today, Roots Music Report, The Bluegrass Situation, Vents Magazine, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Bluegrass Standard, and more. “40th Anniversary Celebration” was in 6 categories for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards and up for “Collaborative Recording of the Year” at the 2020 IBMAs.
40 years in the music, and Gary has no plans of stopping any time soon. More to come!