Brewer’s Grade has been delivering solid performances of 100% ORIGINAL Northwest Country music since 2013, but that is not where their journey began. Members Zac Grooms (guitar, vocals) and Cody Christopherson (drums) have been performing together for over 16 years. They were joined by brothers Al (guitar) & Nolan (bass) Hare in 2006 to form the band “Unwound” which boasted a busy schedule and loyal following as a traveling cover band performing across the Northwest for many years. After the 2012 addition of Grammy nominated Joe Smart, National Flat-picking Champion and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro), the band decided to take a more focused approach towards their original material which led to the relaunch of the band as Brewer’s Grade and the release of their debut album “Jumpin’ In.”
The album, which features polished and heartfelt vocals, a solid, driving rhythm section, and expertly crafted solos and fills, showcases the group’s diverse range of talent and influences, along with their ability to cross genre lines while still remaining true to their country roots. The members of Brewer’s Grade are very proud to have completely written, arranged, produced and performed all of the material on each of the album’s 10 tracks and continue to maintain 100% independent ownership of the entire work.
Since the release of “Jumpin’ In” Brewer’s Grade has continued to expand their reach with appearances on large festival stages such as Bi-Mart’s Willamette Country Music Fest, as well as performances at top venues like Hollywood’s iconic “Wiskey a Go Go.” Along the way, they have been invited to share the region’s largest stages with many of country music’s biggest stars including Randy Travis, Martina McBride, Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, Randy Houser, Steve Holy and Rodney Adkins… just to name a few.
In recent years the group has also been honored to serve as house band for legendary artists such as Jim Ed Brown, Stonewall Jackson, Jack Greene, Helen Cornealious, Jeanie Seely, Johnny Lee, T. Grahm Brown, TG Sheppard, Pam Tillis, and Deborah Allen. As momentum and demand for Brewer’s Grade continues to build, their core focus still remains on creating new music and cultivating the emerging “Northwest Country” sound. Members of the band regularly enjoy collaborating with many other highly respected Northwest Artists, and are continually working to bridge the gap between Nashville and the Northwest.