The Kentucky Ramblers
VOCALS, UPRIGHT BASS, AND FIDDLE
Gary “Wayne” Brewer Jr. (called Wayne Brewer by his family and friends) is part of the 6th generation of Brewers. Wayne was born on February 8, 1995, making him 24 years old today; and he has been enjoying music all his life. His dad, Gary Brewer (leader and founder of Bluegrass group Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers), brought Wayne into the studio with him to record on one of his CDs ("Memories of Home") singing lead and playing guitar on “Y’all Come” (alongside Gary Brewer and Finley J. Brewer [Wayne’s Grandpa]). Starting his career at the young age of 18 months old, Wayne was awarded the honor of “The Youngest Recording Artist” in the Guinness Book of World Records. To most people, one World Record is a major accomplishment, but Wayne Brewer was awarded TWO in his childhood. In addition to being “The Youngest Recording Artist”, Wayne was given the award as “The Youngest Artist to perform on The Grand Ole Opry Stage”.
Since Wayne received his 2 World Records, he has been in love with music. He now plays upright bass with Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers and has since he was 14 years old. Four years ago, he decided to teach himself how to play the fiddle. He got his desire to do so from hearing his Great Grandpa’s albums. Wayne wanted to carry on the Old-time Mountain Music Tradition his Great Grandpa played. After practicing and learning the music on the fiddle, Wayne started playing fiddle tunes on stage and featuring his fiddle in Gary Brewer’s songs. A couple years later, he decided to record his debut Fiddle album.
But not only does Wayne participate in the music business, but he is a 2nd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a partner in Gary Brewer's home inspection business, and a farmer at the Brewer Family Farm. Wayne got married in 2015 to the love of his life, Alyssa, and they now sing and work together. He walks in his father's footsteps, and always will.
VOCALS, MANDOLIN, AND UPRIGHT BASS
Mason Brewer is part of the 6th generation of Brewers. He was born on September 26, 2000, making him 19 today. Mason started his music career when he was just 2 years old. There are dozens of little songs he wrote, and videos of him playing a mini guitar. He eventually started learning how to play mandolin and joined the band as Gary Brewer's mandolin player. Mason was also taught how to play the upright bass, for times when Wayne Brewer will be on the fiddle during live performances. Recently, Mason was featured on GBKR's "Vintage Country Revival" album playing a Kajon.
Mason has other hobbies and interests outside of Bluegrass. He is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he loves to play the drums and piano, and has the ability to draw, paint, and make sculptures out of nothing. Mason is the band barber and fashion consultant. He dresses in the best of the best in fashion and takes charge of dressing the other band members. Because of his love of fashion and style, he took interest in becoming a model. Now, he has been scouted by Cosmo Modeling in Louisville, Kentucky.
FINLEY J. BREWER
VOCALS AND RHYTHM GUITAR
Finley J. Brewer Jr. is Gary Brewer's father and is the 4th generation of Brewers. He was born and raised in the music by his dad, Finley J. "Pap" Brewer Sr. (who played with the Original Carter Family in the 1920s). All of Finley's family played music. Finley Jr. started his music career in the 1970s by getting together with George Tabor and forming Jim (Finley J.) & George and Foxfire. They played local festivals (often the same as Gary and his ramblers) but were also honored to have opened for such notable artists such as Johnny Rodriguez and George Jones. Finley was always a part of Gary's band as his bus driver and road manager but officially started performing with them in 1988.
Outside of his long history of music, Finley J. lives on the farm with Gary and the family, and helps just as much as any of them with farming, mowing, and The Farmer For A Day Program! He is full of stories of his childhood and life growing up. Finley is a retired truck driver. He has driven over 4 million miles ticket free and accident-free. His biggest achievement was finding and falling in love with his late wife, Norma Jean. They were married for 57 years, and he just lost her in November 2014. He's the nicest guy you'll ever meet. You will never see a frown on his face.