The DeWayn Brothers Bluegrass Band

The DeWayn Brothers Bluegrass Band


A beautiful girl and four rowdy guys make up this fast paced insurgent bluegrass band from Kansas. Touring nationally full time, DeWayn is showing the country about Kansas Bluegrass! Rippin Mandolin, Smokin Banjo, Fierce Guitar, Poundin Bass, and the most powerful voice in the midwest. DEWAYN!!


Introducin' The DeWayn Brothers!

We're a fast-paced insurgent bluegrass band that draws influences from old-timey bluegrassers, country,modern punk, heavy metal, blues, and good ol' rock and roll. Simply put, we're not your grandpa's bluegrass, but you can bet even he will be tappin' his feet and singin' along.

Our shows are high in energy from start to finish as we tackle topics ranging from the comedic to the unruly. From bar-room brawls and drugs, to murder and mayhem, we draw inspiration from our time on the road and from the people we meet. The DeWayn Brothers are all songwriters, and we've all got stories to tell.

Logging in over 230 dates in '07, DeWayn is quickly headed to the forefront of the insurgent bluegrass scene. With a hot new record released March 30, 2007 DeWayn is back on the bus and headed your way.

Jamie Lee Briggeman (Lead Vocalist)
With a raw, edgy voice that has been compared to the '60s legend Janis Joplin, our Jamie Lee belts out soulful songs of lost loves and pistol wieldin' bad guys. Possibly the best female vocalist in the Midwest, and a native of Wichita, Jamie formed her own band, "Eivy," in 2001, before meeting Garrett Briggeman three years later. At the time, Garrett was in a band called "Loco Macheen," and Jamie started singing with them on occasion. She learned of their side project, The DeWayn Brothers, and it was then that she fell in love with bluegrass. Her rock and roll background definitely finds an outlet within the DeWayn style of music, and though she didn't have much experience with bluegrass before, she gave it a try and found her niche within the band. Not long after teaming up with The DeWayn Brothers, Jamie quit her job at a local phone company and began to tour full time. On April 15, 2006, she and Garrett got married and are living their dream together on the road.

Garrett Briggeman (Banjo, Vocalist, Band Manager)
A native of Emporia, KS, Garrett's lifelong interest in music was influenced mainly by '70s rock and heavy metal. He's been playing the banjo for six years now, but first learned how to play on the guitar. It wasn't a difficult transition switching from guitar to banjo, he says, and he appreciates the speed and true, country twang of the traditional instrument. DeWayn bluegrass isn't your typical bluegrass, and though the banjo itself holds to tradition, in Garrett's hands, it can do some amazingly untraditional things.

Eric Nelson (Harmonica, Guitar, Vocalist)
Eric met Garrett and Josh at Emporia State while they were playing in their band "Loco Macheen." He and Peter joined the group, but Eric was the main influence behind The DeWayn Brothers and their bluegrass-oriented music. He started playing the harmonica at age twelve and heard his first bluegrass at a festival in Winfield. Eric believes in staying true to the traditional bluegrass soul, while expounding upon it with a mix of modern influences. He's been writing songs since age fourteen, drawing inspiration from Kirk Rundstrom, a local song writer and mentor to the band. Eric's songs tell stories about individuals and their experiences with drinking, drugs, sex, traveling, and life on the road.

Eric is recently married and believes he's come a long way from working in kitchens with Peter to pay for college and just to get by. His ultimate goal has always been to end up in music and has loved being a part of The DeWayn Brothers as they've grown from a local bar band to touring full time.

Peter Gaskamp (Upright Bass)
Peter's life has always been centered around music. He began by taking lessons on the piano, focusing on classical and jazz, then picked up the electric guitar at fifteen and got into bluegrass and rock. He studied jazz for four years, playing in the jazz band through high school and college. Peter appreciates all genres of music, but has found an incredible outlet in the music of The DeWayn Brothers. He started off as a fan of the band and eventually joined as the bass player. He has loved every moment of it. The energy and unconventional theme of DeWayn's mixed bluegrass music represent a genre that Peter has always wanted to be a part of.Â

Josh Finley (Mandolin, Vocalist)
Apart from being an incredible mandolin player, Josh is also the artist for the band. As his mother puts it, "Josh hasn't put a pencil down from the day he picked one up." His artistic tastes and styles say much of his preferences in music, which is anything unique and entirely original. If DeWayn's style of bluegrass was conventional, he says, he wouldn't do it. Josh's art is influenced by surrealist Salvador Dali, and innovative cartoonist Robert Crumb. Likewise, his lyrics and music are never without a hint of humor. Josh writes songs about truck drivers, gunfighters, and whiskey.

During a performance, he likes to get the audience laughing and is in his element on stage. He was a self-sustained artist and musician even through high school, and being entirely


The Dewayn Brothers Discography.....

The Dewayn Brothers 2003
"Whiskey-n-Roll'n Papers a Tornadic Tradition"
Recorded @ Studio IV in Wichita, KS
All songs Dewayn. All art: Joshua Finley

The Dewayn Brothers 2003
"Family Farwell"
Recorded @ the Aqua Room, Emporia, KS
Mastered @ Facet Sound, Joplin, MO.
20 live songs some traditionals, covers & originals
Album art: Joshua Finley

The Dewayn Brothers 2004
"Frontyard Junkyard"
Recorded @ Facet Sound, Joplin, MO.
mixed & mastered @ Facet Sound
15 originals and one traditional
Album art: Joshua Finley

The DeWayn Brothers 2005
"Critter Creole"
Recorded,Produced, and Mastered by
Mike West at The Ninth Ward Pickin Parlor
New Orleans, LA
15 original songs 1 traditional, 2 covers
Album art: Joshua Finley

The Dewayn Brothers 2007
Recorded,Produced, and Mastered by
Mike West at The Ninth Ward Pickin Parlor
Lawrence, KS
17 original songs, 1 cover
Album Art: Joshua Finley

Set List

Our typical setlist is not so typical.
On any given night, having the size of repetiore we have, our setlists vary depending on venue, crowd energy, age demographics, and any other situations that may be involved. Knowing your audience is important in knowing what songs to play! In The DeWayn Bros. we have roughly 100 original songs and a small percentage of covers, ranging from Dolly Parton to Guns & Roses.


Each Night
Do'n to Me
Just to die
Tequila & Beer
Sex, Drugs & Bluegrass
That Train
Murder One
Cry for You
Tulsa Bound
Canon City
Mockingbird Woods

Savior Bottle
She Lies
Hold on Girl
To my Surprise
L & EB
Little Lonesome Man
Church House
Send 'em away
Old Cold Stone Graveyard
Cousin James
Sam and Sal
Want you Gone
Black Eyes
Another Yesterday
End of the Night