7:55:40 PM Monday, April 7, 2003

Former Martin Man Releases New CD

Larry Brewer, a former resident of Martin, announces the upcoming release of his most recent album, "World Going Crazy." With 13 original songs, this will be his second solo album and is expected to be in stores on April 29. Brewer was born in Chicago, and then moved to Martin at age 15. At age 9 he started playing the guitar. His first job was at Dairy Queen, while he attended Westview High School. After graduating from WHS in 1973, he then moved on to work at Halls Printing. There he picked up a big interest in music. "The Beatles are definitely my all time favorite band," Brewer said. "They were the ones that motivated me." Brewer gathered a few friends and eventually made a local band called "Raisin' Kane." Having a friend who attended the University of Tennessee at Martin helped him and his first band find a place to rehearse without disturbing anyone. "It just so happened that he had access to rooms and audio equipment," Brewer said. A more well known band Brewer started in the '80s was called "The Windows." This band almost went nationwide with songs such as "Runnin' Alone" and "Motorcar," from the album "Runnin' Alone." In 1983 the band won the JMA pop record of the year for the song "Hello, Hello." Songs from this album have recently played on local radio stations. 'The Windows' have played with Peter Frampton, The Beach Boys, and Jefferson Starship. The band was successful until a sudden tragic accident took the life of their keyboard player, Kirby Jackson on August 25, 1987. This was a hard time for Brewer and the members of his band, as their spirits were lowered. Today, at age 48, Larry lives in Jackson, Miss., and is still successful in pursuing his music career of 30 years. His newest band is called 'The Rainmakers.' Brewer recently signed a music publishing contract with 'Solar Fire Music.' There will be a CD release party for 'The Rainmakers' from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Jackson, TN. Everyone is invited to celebrate. Look for his album, "World Going Crazy," in stores this month. For more information on Brewer, visit his Web site at www2.netdoor.com/~brewers/