Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers honored by Lousiville Mayor

Lousiville, KY native Gary Brewer, along with his Kentucky Ramblers, associated family businesses, and their 40 years of creating original bluegrass music, was honored last Friday by Mayor Greg Fischer.

The Mayor spoke at a press conference on October 15 held to congratulate Gary for his 40 years of playing and singing bluegrass music from the Bluegrass State, marked by his recent album, 40th Anniversary Collection, which has been his most successful endeavor to date. The anniversary project featured Gary, his sons Wayne and Mason who perform with him as The Kentucky Ramblers, as well as a bevy of bluegrass stars who have known Brewer through the decades. Included are duets with Dale Ann Bradley, Russell Moore, Sam Bush, Ralph Stanley II, and collaborations with The Travelin’ McCourys and The Kentucky Headhunters. Regular banjo player Cody Pearman is also part of this recording.

Mayor Fischer spoke about the many things Gary has accomplished in music, and read an official proclamation from the city applauding his commitment to making his own music, and for his dedication to the local community. Wayne Brewer also spoke, as did Gary following the delivery of the proclamation.

Video of the press conference is below.

The Mayor had been aware of Brewer and his Brewgrass Entertainment company over the years, but his attention was captured by a performance Gary and The Kentucky Ramblers gave back in September at the city’s Waterfront Park. Headlining a show before about 20,000 people, they captivated the crowd of mostly non-grassers with a traditional bluegrass performance that won them multiple encores.

Here are some clips from that set…

Congratulations to Gary Brewer and the entire Brewer family for this honor.

But they aren’t done yet! Expect more new music from the Brewers in the near future.

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