bluegrass music from Decatur, Georgia
The Porch Bottom Boys play bluegrass, newgrass, and other styles seasoned with the diverse backgrounds of their members. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Gorbatkin was born on the south side of Chicago, and his years in the Windy City left an indelible blues-inflected mark on his singing. Atlanta native Jim Thompson spent time living and working in the coal towns of Virginia, and his experiences as a founding member of the Poetown Ramblers and playing with bluegrass groups in Nashville gives the band its deep bluegrass roots. Mandolinist and vocalist Patrick Jackson hails from Northwest Georgia and adds melodic mandolin and piercing high tenor harmonies to the mix. From jazz to rockabilly to bluegrass, bassist Joel Glogowski uses his wide musical background and impeccable fashion sense to hold it all down with his rollicking, thumping, good-time beat on the doghouse bass fiddle. Charlie O’Neill rounds out the Boys with his tasty licks on the five-string banjo. Charlie’s front porch in Decatur gives the band their name and serves as their home base. Long-time band member Denis Gainty was a talented musician and song writer who was an inspiration to all of us and remains so despite his untimely passing in 2017. Denis will always be with us.
The Porch Bottom Boys play in a variety of local venues and have been featured multiple times on WRFG radio. They have also appeared in many nearby festivals, including the Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, the Oakhurst Arts Festival, and Stomp and Chomp in Cabbagetown. Committed to the Decatur community, they frequently play for local fundraisers and other programs. Come out and give a listen - you're sure to have a good time!