2014 may on the porch

This is the sweetest, calmest, most sylvan-Zen-leafy-woodsy gig we play, and we’re delighted to be back this year. The Woodlands Garden is a truly special place – thick green space in the heart of Decatur, generously created and maintained for the public good. Their Music in the Garden series hosts all kinds of music in their lovely pavilion; rain or shine, we’ll be there, and so should you! Come out and listen to a free, intimate concert from 2-4 pm this Sunday, September 27.
Woodlands Garden website


Friends, the only thing wrong – the ONLY thing – with the awesome August 15 Barbecue Blues and Bluegrass festival in Decatur is the heat. We’re so pleased to offer you this excellent alternative – the night before the festival, Friday August 14, we’ll be whetting your bluegrass appetite at Mojo’s Pizza in Oakhurst from 7:30 pm. Air conditioned bluegrass, friends, because we care. Come on out!

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Thanks to all our loyal fans and new friends who came out to hear a hugely fun show on the last day of February at the Red Light Cafe! We had a blast, friends, and we’ll be posting some pictures soon. Let us know if you’ve got some.

Stay tuned for the next Red Light gig – with Megan Saunders and The Driftless, all the way from Chattanooga! It is absolutely guaranteed to be a hoot.

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Friends, we had a BLAST at bluegrass brunch Sunday the 18th at Smith’s Olde Bar. They’re carrying on the Big Tex brunch legacy in style, and we appreciate it. And their bloody marys.

Come on out to hear us there again April 26!

Nov 24 2014


rip big tex

Our favorite bluegrass brunch spot, Big Tex in Decatur, has closed. We had some wonderful times there, and many of you did too. It was a bright spot in the Decatur community and hosted lots of fancy pickin’, and we’ll miss it. We’re happy to say that the Fox Brothers themselves – the forces behind Big Tex – are doing well, and we wish them all the best in 2015 and beyond. We’ll miss you, Big Tex!

In the meantime, you can catch all our Porch Bottom shenanigans at Smith’s Olde Bar for bluegrass brunch January 18, 2015, and we’ll keep you posted on all of everything.

Oct 24 2014

Hard at work


Friends, we’ve been woodshedding the tunes and enjoying the crisp, fall weather. Perfect for porch picking! Jim, Steve, and Denis enjoyed a trio performance at Woodlands Garden in Decatur, a beautiful forest setting right in the heart of Decatur, donated by local residents Chet and Gene Morse to the city that we love. The Music in the Garden series is closing down for the year, but it’ll be back next Spring, so be sure to check it out – and in the meantime, enjoy the lovely walks through the forest paths and appreciate some of our local green space!


Fresh from summertime shenanigans. Denis has lots of new insights into bluegrass in Japan, including the loveliest setting for a festival ever in Yakumo, Hokkaido, on a picturesque hillside with ocean, volcanoes, and hot hot pickin’. More soon!

May 30 2014

Here comes summer!

2014 may on the porch

Friends, we’re getting ready for our summer hiatus – Denis is off to Nashville and then Japan for research on Japanese bluegrass, Charlie’s winging his way to the cool Connecticut River valley in Massachusetts, and the rest of us are settling into summertime, when the livin’ is easy.  Before we go, we’re enjoying some time in our native habitat – the Decatur porch. Don’t miss our Father’s Day show at Big Tex in Decatur, the best ole’ bluegrass brunch you ever did see!

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Last weekend, we enjoyed fantastic weather and a great crowd as we helped launch Jonah McDonald’s new book, Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests, out into an eager world.  What a great setting to celebrate exploring nature in and around Atlanta!

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We’re proud to be helping Jonah McDonald celebrate the publication of his new book, Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests.  Did you know they were there?  No, of course you didn’t.  They’re HIDDEN.

Check out more on Jonah’s upcoming events at http://www.hikingatlanta.com/events, why don’t you?!

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What a great time this was, friends!  This was a triumphant festival – bouncy houses, lots of local artists displaying wares, sausages and beer, the whole village of Stone Mountain overflowing with bluegrass merriment.  A wonderful event.

We shared the main stage on Sunday, March 30 with some fantastic old-time and bluegrass pickers, including one excellent fellow who played banjo with a small dog standing on his shoulders.  We are not kidding.  (How can you compete with something like this?  Not since Denis played with Paul Hohenlohe and his ferret, Elvin, have we been confronted with such animal-training-and-musical virtuosity.)

Folks, Stone Mountain has had a pretty sleepy history – you know how it is for a granitic upwelling.  Frantic liquidity followed by intense crystallization followed by, oh, boy, TEDIOUS years of sitting around.  The best you can do is smirk at lesser strata as they get all eroded.  And yes, there’s the recent flurry of activity around carvings and geographically incongruous snow-making and vaguely offensive casting in TV’s “30 Rock” – but really, Stone Mountain has been just waiting patiently for its breakout moment, and HERE IT IS!

Your very own Porch Bottom Boys are closing out the Stone Mountain Bluegrass Festival this very weekend – catch the whole darn thing Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, and enjoy our musical stylings Sunday at 4 pm on the main stage!


Mar 20 2014

News and Such

It’s all about new original songs, folks.  We’ve been writing like mad: crackling instrumentals, timely meditations on our changing society, and historically nuanced ditties.  Come give a listen!!

Our scheduled February 12 appearance on Atlanta’s very own WRFG, Radio Free Georgia, was rudely interrupted by a whole bunch of weather.  And just when Porch Bottom Boys on the radio would’ve warmed the cockles of Georgia’s frozen little heart.  But fear not, friends – we’ll be back.  Stay tuned for a new date. Read More

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The Red Light Cafe, all ready and waiting.

This February 28 gig was a blast, friends!  We were joined by Sour Bridges, a wonderful Austin-based bunch of fellas (and one fellette).  Great times.