Steve Gorbatkin (vocals, guitar, and harmonica) 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 (vocals, fiddle, guitar) spent time living and working in the coal towns of Virginia, and he gives the band its deep bluegrass roots. Jim’s style draws on his experiences as a founding member of the Poetown Ramblers near Grundy, Virginia, and playing with bluegrass groups in Nashville.
Denis Gainty (vocals, mandolin) has played various instruments with groups in Boston, New York, and Osaka before joining the Boys. His mandolin style reflects his eclectic musical influences and misspent youth. When not playing around town, Denis is working on the definitive historical treatment of bluegrass music in Japan. Stay tuned!
Charles 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.
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 area festivals, including the BBQ-Blues-Bluegrass Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, the Oakhurst Arts Festival, and the truly epic Chomp and Stomp. Committed to the Decatur community, they frequently play for local fundraisers, especially those devoted to Decatur Public Schools.