Tonight’s Friday Night Bluegrass show at the Shepherdsville Music Barn is the next-to-last concert in this winter music series hosted by Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Gentlemen. Each week from November to early April, Gary and the boys have opened each show followed by a performance by a touring artist stopping off in Shepherdsville, KY.
But tonight is extra special for Gary and his family. Tonight is the CD release party for his son Wayne, bass player with the band, and his debut album, The Kentucky Fiddler. The first 50 attendees to tonight’s show will receive a free copy of the CD.
Wayne’s project contains ten old time fiddle favorites, several of them played as solo fiddle duets with some of his favorite players, like Steve Day, Michael Cleveland, Dan Boner, Dan Kelley, and Raymond McLain. Not only are these old timey tunes, Wayne and his guests play them in the old time way, along with brief conversations between them before each track.
The Kentucky Fiddler cover boasts a nice quote from Russell Moore of IIIrd Tyme Out, who recognizes Wayne’s family’s contributions to our music.
“Wayne Brewer is a talented young man who carries a name that spans six generations of old-time, Bluegrass and acoustic music. He’s incorporated 3 generations into this recording by including his father and grandfather along with an all-star cast of fiddle players. This collection of tunes, because of the way most of it was recorded, hearkens to the days of yore when musicians gathered around one microphone and played, to the best of their ability and interpretation, the songs without overdubs. To a time when a lot of the music contained herein was heard from front porches when the work day was done or from an impromptu gathering in someone’s living room or parlor. Unique in today’s high-tech world of recording and somewhat refreshing. I believe we’ll be hearing much more from Wayne Brewer in the years to come!”
For those who can’t make it out to the Barn in Shepherdsville tonight, you can find the new CD wherever bluegrass downloads are sold online, or from CD Baby.