Gary Brewer- Lead Guitar/Old-time Banjo/Vocals
Finley J. Brewer - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals Wayne Brewer - Upright Bass/Fiddle/Vocals
Mason Brewer - Mandolin/Upright Bass/Vocals
Cody Pearman - Banjo/Guitar
Based in West Point, KY
Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers (GBKR), a family band that goes back 6 generations into their musical roots, has performed in all 50 US states, Canada, and Europe extensively since being formed in 1980. Today, 3 generations of Brewers, (Gary, his dad, and two sons) along with a banjo player, take the stage performing Bluegrass originals, Country music classics, foot-stomping Old-time Mountain Music, and good ole Gospel hymns; offering a little something for everybody. Gary has stamped their style of music as “Brewgrass”.
During his music career, Gary Brewer has recorded for multiple major record labels including Copper Creek releasing 29 studio albums and a double live album (recorded on one of his European tours). Now, he has launched his own label, SGM Records (Stretch Grass Music). He has released an additional 20 albums on his label. Among the SGM releases is “Kentucky Headlines and Heartbreak” including 3 tracks. “The Death of Floyd Collins” was the soundtrack for “The Floyd Collins Story” movie (released on Peridot Pictures). GBKR’s most recent release, “Vintage Country Revival” brought great success charting at #1 on the Global Country Radio Charts and receiving 2 nominations in the 61st Grammy Awards (for Best Americana Album & Best American-Roots performance).
The entire Brewer clan has come by their musical talents honestly. They have true respect for their roots that reach back to the 1920s including third-generation Brewer, Finley J. “Pap” Brewer Sr., performing with the Original Carter family. Because of such a great love for music being passed down for generations, Gary is a strong traditionalist. He has toured alongside many Bluegrass music legends throughout his career. He esteems being the last person to have commercially recorded with the late and great Bill Monroe on his “Guitar” CD one of his highest accomplishments (later resulting in Gary becoming a Guitar Player of the Year finalist at the IBMAs). Also, included in his 50 recordings is an All-star tribute album to the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin, released before he passed. He named it “Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner”. The title track “Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner” went on to also be released on Jimmy Martin’s CD “Songs of a Freeborn Man” on CMH Records, and was included on the DVD “The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin” (released on Straight Six Films).
“This boy right here is 100% Bluegrass! He comes from good stock.”
-Bill Monroe (The Father of Bluegrass)
“Gary is a great guitar picker and has a great voice. Him and his dad have the best show on the circuit!”
-Jimmy Martin (The King of Bluegrass)
Though he is a Bluegrass music veteran, Gary is the type that isn’t afraid to branch out to other genres. Gary has had chart-topping songs/CDs in Bluegrass as well as Americana, Old-time, Country, Gospel, and even Rock! Gary has been accredited as one of the only Bluegrass performers to record and have international radio chart success with Rock classic covers of Elvis, CCR, and Kansas.
In addition to touring internationally, GBKR produces multiple events and concert series. They currently run a 6-month artist residency at their own live music venue (located inside KY’s largest outlet mall - The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Simpsonville, KY), Brewgrass Entertainment. From November 2019-April 2020, each show features special guest acts, along with a performance from Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. Brewgrass Entertainment doubles as the kick-off of their 40th Anniversary Celebration tour. Before opening their own venue, GBKR hosted five seasons of their Winter concert series “Friday Night Bluegrass” (in Shepherdsville, KY). After their artist residency, the guys will host their bi-annual community music festival “Shin-dig in the Park” (Shepherdsville, KY) and their Summer concert series “Bluegrass Summer Nights” (also located at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass). Gary and his boys are keeping Bluegrass music alive in the Bluegrass state.
Celebrating 40 years in the music business in 2020, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers are touring all over the US, throughout Mexico, Europe, and the UK. As part of the celebration, GBKR is releasing a collaboration CD featuring some of today’s legends (Russell Moore, Ralph Stanley II, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Dale Ann Bradley, T. Graham Brown, and Ashton Shepherd). The entire CD features all of Gary’s original Bluegrass tunes.
“It is such a blessing to have my Dad and Boys out here carrying on the Brewer Legacy and Tradition in Music. To step on stage show after show with Three Generations of Brewers is just AWESOME!"
-Gary Brewer (The Voice of Tradition)