" This boy right here is 100% Bluegrass! He comes from good stock. "
-Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass)
Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers are a family band with roots dating back six generations, having traveled the road performing in all 50 states, Canada and Europe extensively since forming in 1980. Today, GBKR takes the stage performing a fusion of American-Roots style music all their own called “Brewgrass.”
Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart, additionally being the No. 3 best-selling project overall in 2021 (only behind two Sturgill Simpson projects). The album was also listed between mainstream artists Ariana Grande and Rob Zombie on the all-genre ‘Top Current Albums Sales’ year-end chart. It was supported by an innovative tour that saw the group strategically navigating through the pandemic era.
The band is carrying the momentum into 2022 with a new single, "Pass Along The Good”; co-written with multi-GRAMMY award-winning Americana Music Icon, Jim Lauderdale. The track was written and recorded at the Brewgrass Entertainment Studio. Released to widespread attention, “Pass Along The Good” was No. 1 on the Global Radio Indicator Americana/Grassicana chart as the top downloaded/played track of the entire month of January 2022 and is currently in heavy rotation on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country (ch 60). “Pass Along the Good” adds to the proliferating career of GBKR, who was up for “Best New Artist” on the initial round ballot in the 64th GRAMMY awards and recently featured in Billboard magazine’s 2022 GRAMMY contenders issue. Saving Country Music credited GBKR along with Billy Strings, Sturgill Simpson, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and Bela Fleck as the groups who have brought bluegrass back into the mainstream!
Despite being over four decades into his career, Gary Brewer is currently experiencing a new peak following the release of his 2020 album, 40th Anniversary Celebration. In addition to receiving critical acclaim from top publications including American Songwriter, Thrive Global, Medium, Authority Magazine, Country Rebel, The Boot, and countless others, it was also a huge hit on the Billboard charts. In total, it spent an astonishing 16 weeks at No. 1 on the
Gary Brewer- Lead Guitar/Old-time Banjo/Vocals
Wayne Brewer - Upright Bass/Fiddle/Vocals
Mason Brewer - Mandolin/Upright Bass/Vocals
Cody Pearman - Banjo
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" Gary is a great guitar picker and has a great voice. Him and his dad have the best show on the circuit! "
-Jimmy Martin (King of Bluegrass)
GBKR Full Variety Show Performance Highlight Reel
2021 Pickin' in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival Highlights
GBKR feat. Dale Ann Bradley: Daddy and the Old Oak Tree
(Finley J. Brewer tribute video)
GBKR feat. Ashton Shepherd: Love in the Mountains
GBKR feat. Doug Phelps of The KY Headhunters: Big Train
GBKR feat. EmiSunshine: "Vintage Country Revival" Featured Single
Derby City Flash: "Homestretch" Featured Single (Original Song)
Brownlo: "Homestretch" Instrumental (Original Song)
GBKR's '40th Anniversary Celebration' CD #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart 16 weeks and in the top 5 for 72 weeks!
Critical praise for GBKR's '40th Anniversary Celebration' CD (click to zoom)
GBKR's "Vintage Country Revival" CD for 61st GRAMMY Awards
GBKR's Crusade For Children 2019 Highlights
Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers headline the 66th WHAS Crusade for Children. View the highlight reel above
GBKR Honored by. Mayor & City of Shepherdsville
Mayor Curtis Hockenbury, on behalf of the City of Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Ky. Honors GBKR for the success of their recent Vintage Country Revival Cd including being up for a GRAMMY Award in (2) Categories by presenting them with Key(s) to the City.
GBKR's "Vintage Country Revival" CD held the #1 spot on the Country Global Radio Airplay Charts.
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.
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.
Gary Brewer's album “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)