Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers

One of the finest groups to emerge from the Kentucky bluegrass music scene, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers exemplify the new generation of artists who have a deep respect for the roots of bluegrass and old-time mountain music, yet aren’t afraid to put a unique stamp on their sound. Backing Louisville native Brewer are bassist Wade Butler of Owensboro, KY and two Tennesseans: fiddler Charles Duffey and banjo player Blake Hopper.

Gary Brewer has worked hard to put the “brewgrass” stamp on his music, becoming known as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter to be reckoned with. The determination and hard work have paid off, as Gary and the Ramblers have appeared on the Nashville Network, plus numerous local television and radio shows all over the country, and have even played Lincoln Center. They tour 30-plus states on a regular basis and have performed more than 300 concerts each year since 1988—an achievement in any genre, but astounding for a bluegrass group.

The first two recordings by Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers are Kentucky Headlines and Heartbreak and Jimmy Martin Songs for Dinner.


This artist appears in the following Jubilee programs:

John Cosby, Charlie Hall, and the Bluegrass Drifters/Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers (#308)
Two bluegrass bands whose music is deeply rooted in old-time country.
Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers/Dean Osborne and Eastbound (#614)
Local groups bring home-grown bluegrass to the stage.
Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers (#1017)
Fast guitar runs, a ringing banjo, and the twang of mountain vocals.