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. (Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, Uncle Josh Graves, and many more)
" This boy right here is 100% Bluegrass! He comes from good stock. "
-Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass)
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 called 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).
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
Based in West Point, KY
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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)
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GBKR Full Performance Highlight Reel
(Me and) The Rambler Sound (Original song)
Big Train (Original song)
Grand Ole Opry Appearance (Dr. Ralph Stanley Forever Tribute)
Bluegrass Today "40th Anniversary" Article
"A number of people have tried to lay claim to being The Hardest Working Man in Bluegrass. But regardless of anybody’s assertions, we think that title belongs to Gary Brewer."
Elizabethton Star "Call It Brewgrass" Article
"Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers create unique style of music"
Bluegrass Today "Extreme Makeover" Article
"This was a great thing for a family in need,
and the Brewers did a great job representing bluegrass music to the viewers of Extreme
Makeover. This is the Bluegrass Edition!
Bluegrass Today "Louisville Slugger" Article
Each of the four received one of these four-of-a-kind bats, finished in black and engraved with, “Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers – ‘Derby City Flash,’ BMI 2014 2015, Certified Hit Song, SGM Records.”
GBKR feat. EmiSunshine: "Vintage Country Revival" Featured Single
Derby City Flash: "Homestretch" Featured Single (Original Song)
Brownlo: "Homestretch" Instrumental (Original Song)
Bluegrass Standard "They Call it Vintage Country Revival" Article
"Is there a better-suited band to record this kind of album?"
GBKR's "Vintage Country Revival" CD for 61st GRAMMY Awards
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.
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.
GBKR's "Vintage Country Revival" CD held the #1 spot on the Country Global Radio Airplay Charts.
Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers headline the 66th WHAS Crusade for Children. View the highlight reel above
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)