Episode 114: Gann Brewer

Air date: 7.30.2014

Gann Brewer

Lots of artists like to sing about wandering, but few log the kind of actual miles that Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Gann Brewer does.  Brewer is a rambler in the truest sense of the word.  Ask him where his home is, and he’ll pause to ponder the question, because the answer might be hard for him to figure.  He has been known to hang his hat in New York City and California, but never for long.  Mostly, he has spent the last twenty years spinning wheels and spinning yarns with his original songs, penned in the tradition of of the trailblazers of his genre.  World-class wanderers like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie, John Prine, Guy Clark, Mississippi John Hurt, and Hank Williams all come to mind.  Fully seven of the fourteen songs on his sophomore album, titled Peddlers & Ghosts, name check specific places in their titles, and the characters in his songs that ground Brewer - and inspire him to leave again - could only be conjured by meeting real people somewhere along the way from one show to another.  And those shows have been plentiful, seventy-five in 2013 alone, spread out over several continents.  The road is his master, and Gann Brewer serves it well, but the road takes care of him, in turn.  His Southern disposition gives him the ability to observe and participate at the same time, and his performances take place wherever he happens to pull his trusty Gibson acoustic out of his weathered guitar case.  Brewer is a citizen of the world, and he’ll bring you a bit of all of it if you let him.

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"This Next Mile"
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