Larry Brewer CD release party

Kyle Doherty • • August 21, 2008

  • What: Larry Brewer CD Release Party Week.

  • When & Where: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The Hilton, 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson.

    6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Que Sera, 2801 N. State St., Jackson.

    8 p.m. Aug. 29 at MCB's Restaurant & Lounge, 815 Lake Harbor Drive, Ridgeland.

    6 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Haute Pig, 1856 Main St., Madison.

  • Cost: Free.

  • Contact: The Hilton, (601) 957-2800.

    The gist: Larry Brewer first gained notoriety as a musician with his band The Windows, which acquired a large regional following in the '80s.

    Since then, music has been both his passion and his day job.

    "It's a lot of work. I just love doing it and I do it whether I want to or not," he says. "It's become part of who I am.

    "You know that old cliche with musicians where they say, 'When are you going to get a real job?' " he says. "I've been doing this for over 30 years; I'm one of the fortunate guys."

    His latest album (available at BeBop Record Shop and at FYE) is called Lucky Ever After and, according to him, it's his most eclectic to date.

    "It's a lot of diverse material on this album. I wrote my first country song, that was different," Brewer says. "Then there's a song called Brain Freeze which is probably the wildest rock 'n' roll song I've ever written. There's a song for everyone, kind of.

    "I think it's the best solo album I've ever made," he continues. "I'm real proud of it."

    Another first on Brewer's new album is a stab at a ballad to planet Earth, complete with a choir of children to drive the message home.

    "My first green song," he chuckles. "I jumped on the bandwagon and it turned out very well."

    For Brewer, continuing to grow as a musician is natural for him since he doesn't intend to switch careers any time soon.

    "I don't ever see myself stopping," he says. "It's just so much of who I am that it's all I can do. It's all I know how to do.

    "I can see it going on for as long as people want to listen. As long as people want to hear me play and listen to my songs."