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GARY BREWER (AND THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS)

  • From Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Played rock music until “I got run over by a car,” he says. While in the hospital, he began playing acoustic guitar, singing old songs, and “that’s where I really started getting into the music.” He and his two rock ‘n’ roll buddies formed the “The Kentucky Ramblers” in 1980.
  • Both his father and grandfather were musicians.
  • 1979, formed his band The Kentucky Ramblers. Around that time he purchased Bill Monroe’s bus which was named “Bluegrass Breakdown.”
  • 1982, recorded his first album, “Lonesome Road.”
  • 1989, started the “Strictly Bluegrass” bluegrass festival in Louisville.
  • 1994, selected to tour with Bill and James Monroe’s “Father and Son” Winter Tour.
  • Since 1986, have been under contract with the City of Louisville, performing for the Mayor and other city functions. They are on the city payroll and receive regular paychecks.
  • 1994, toured with Bill Monroe. Also toured Europe.
  • 1995, first guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Nickname: “Stretch.” His record label is called Stretchgrass Productions.
  • 2002, won two gold medals at the U.S. Tai-Kwon-Do championships, qualifying him for the 2004 Olympic team.
  • 2010, appeared on the TV Show “Extreme Home Makeover” with his family band Brewgrass.
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