The Murphs are a rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia featuring Austin Coleman, Katie Coleman, Cody Marlowe, and Rob D’Angelo. The four friends constructed the idea of the band at an unknown party in 2017. The name stems from a favorite dive bar located in Saint Simons Island called Murphy’s Tavern. The group declared themselves regulars of the joint; The Murphs. From blues and folk to rock and country, a wide variety of genres are found in their music; all directed to the expression of true, honest rock n roll. Singer/songwriter Austin Coleman (www.austincolemanmusic.com) primarily plays bass in the band adding lead and harmony vocals throughout the set. His wife, Katie, plays tambourine, keys, and adds lead and harmony vocals. Brother of Katie, Cody Marlowe (www.codymarlowe.com) sings and plays drums. Rob D’Angelo focuses on guitar leads and riffs. Together, this family band blends intriguing harmonies and tones reminiscent of music found in the old days
Georgia-based BJ Wilbanks's authentic exploration of love and the pursuit of enlightenment has been referred to as “Back Porch Soul,” fusing the musical roots of Americana, Motown and Delta Blues into an intoxicating blend of Southern Rock.
BJ's solo work explores the intimate, raw, emotional feeling of the gospel, blues, and 70s rock he was raised on as a child. The BJ Wilbanks Band has opened for Drivin N Cryin and Mother's Finest, as well as the legendary Gladys Knight.
BJ’s gregarious personality is palpable on record, often channeling other charismatic musical personalities like Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson and current retro revivalists like Leon Bridges. His self-titled album, BJ Wilbanks (released April 28th) captures the refined analogue production qualities of yesteryear, complete with swampy southern bass and Stax-inspired horn sections. It is of a reminiscent of bygone era when music was so good, it transcended genre.
“The best music brings the most unlikely people together,” BJ asserts. “It's music from the soul.”