Magnolia Bayou was born on the bayous of South Mississippi.
Initially formed as a garage band between friends, they got their start on the local bar circuit after they auditioned for a gig at an open jam at Murky Waters Blues Club in Downtown Ocean Springs, MS. After playing three explosive songs back to back, they were immediately booked for a gig of their own at the Murky Waters in Gulfport, MS where they played to a packed house. Since then, they’ve spent the last two years paying their dues up and down the Mississippi Blues Trail at blues hotspots including Ground Zero (Co-owned by Morgan Freeman) in Clarksdale, MS, The Blue Biscuit in Indianola, MS and Smoots Grocery in Natchez, MS.
Along the way, Magnolia Bayou has had the chance to meet and share the stage with many living blues legends including Jesse Robinson, YZ Ealey, Watermelon Slim, Razorblade, and even Grammy-nominated Cedric Burnside all of who were very complimentary of Magnolia Bayou’s modern approach to the blues. Their high energy show is often described as a boiling pot of the sounds of Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Free, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Other notable influences include The Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tab Benoit, Gary Clark Jr., and Dave Matthews.
Listeners describe their look and sound as a throwback to the late 60’s and early 70’s when Rock N Roll was “epic”. In two shorts years, Magnolia Bayou has been nominated in five separate categories for the MS Music Awards, including a write up in Hattiesburg, MS based DIME magazine, given radio play in the Netherlands and were interviewed by Ireland Based Bourbon FM for a documentary about Music in the Southeastern US. Since October of 2016, they’ve been hard at work writing for their debut album set to be released in March 2018. The album includes nuances of southern, psychedelic, funk and blues based Rock n Roll.