Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers/Dean Osborne and Eastbound (#614)

Local groups bring home-grown bluegrass to the stage.

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Authentic Kentucky bluegrass always takes center stage on Jubilee. So the two bands featured here—Louisville-based Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers and Lexington-based Dean Osborne and Eastbound—are frequent favorites.

One of the finest groups to emerge on the local music scene in recent years, 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, from Owensboro, and fiddler Charles Duffey and banjo player Blake Hopper, both of Tennessee.

A cousin to bluegrass legends the Osborne Brothers, Dean Osborne packs a bluegrass punch of his own. He and his band, Eastbound, specialize in traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. Their set for this program draws on their March 2000 release, Roads of Faith.

Formed in 1986, Eastbound includes lead guitarist Ronnie Merrill of Ohio; husband-and-wife musicians Rob and Dedria Morgan of Booneville, KY; and singer Kelly Caldwell of Somerset, KY.

Performances by both groups were taped at the 2000 Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in Hyden, KY, an annual bluegrass festival sponsored by Dean Osborne.