Title - '40th Anniversary Celebration'
Artist - Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers
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For those not in the know, after turning countless heads in 2020 with the critically-acclaimed 40th Anniversary Celebration album, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers have even more reason to celebrate as the project jumps to #1 this week on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.
The achievement marks the first time in his illustrious career that Brewer has topped the chart. The star-studded collection features a “who’s-who” line-up of featured artists on the project, including Sam Bush, The Travelin’ McCourys, Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Ashton Shepherd, Doug Phelps (of The Kentucky Headhunters), Ralph Stanley II and T. Graham Brown.
1. 'Goin' up Shell Creek' (feat. The Travelin' McCourys)
2. 'Johnson City Blues'
3. 'Daddy and the Old Oak Tree' (feat. Dale Ann Bradley)
4. 'The Rain Is Coming Down' (feat. Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out)
5. 'Blues Down in Kentucky' (feat. Sam Bush)
6. 'I Don't Know What's Become of Me' (feat. Ashton Shepherd)
7. 'Down Home Memories'
8. 'Home Ain't the Way It Used to Be' (feat. Ralph Stanley II)
9. 'Girl from the Mountain'
10. 'Money to Ride the Train' (feat. T. Graham Brown)
11. 'Love in the Mountains' (feat. Ashton Shepherd)
12. 'I Can't Run off with You Darling'
13. 'Big Train' (feat. Doug Phelps & The Kentucky Headhunters)
This stunningly vibrant new album opens with the lead single, the fervent 'Goin’ Up Shell Creek,' which also features the Grammy winning group The Travelin’ McCourys and backs that up seamlessly with the foot-tappin' 'Johnson City Blues,' before bringing the tempo down a wee bit for the reminiscing ballad 'Daddy and the Old Oak Tree' (featuring Dale Ann Bradley), but fires it straight back up again for the earnest 'The Rain Is Coming Down' (featuring Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out).
That level of urgency is found again in 'Blues Down in Kentucky' (featuring Sam Bush) which is followed by the quieter 'I Don't Know What's Become of Me' (featuring Ashton Shepherd), the frenetically upbeat 'Down Home Memories,' the mid-tempo ballad 'Home Ain't the Way It Used to Be' (featuring Ralph Stanley II),' and then the gently frenzied 'Girl from the Mountain.'
In much the same vibrant vein comes 'Money to Ride the Train' (feat. T. Graham Brown) which in turn is backed by the dulcet duet 'Love in the Mountains' (feat. Ashton Shepherd), the fiddle-tastic 'I Can't Run off with You Darling,' and then rounds out with the one-two punch of 'Big Train' (feat. Doug Phelps & The Kentucky Headhunters), coming to a close on the delightful ditty 'Sally-O.'
As for reaching that #1 spot, Brewer says, "“Well it is most certainly an honor and privilege to be in the number one slot on Billboard.”
"I am very excited that the 40-year celebration project has garnered enough attention to top this industry chart. I would personally like to thank everyone on our team, and the music professionals that helped make this possible.”
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