Jon Lee Murphy is a thirty-three year old soul singer and blues guitarist born and raised in Effingham County, Georgia. His vocal influences include Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, James Dewar, and Paul Rodgers; as well as his father, Bill Murphy. His guitar playing is at times reminiscent of Robin Trower, early Allman Bros, and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. While his influences can be heard in his music, it maintains a common thread of originality, honesty, and authenticity that makes you believe what he’s singing.
For many years, Murphy fronted two separate bands, the Hextones and the Apparitions, using members of each band interchangeably. However, in the Summer of 2019, Murphy merged the two bands together and now just goes by the name stage name Jon Lee Murphy. The full band consists of Murphy on guitar and vocals, Chris Midkiff and Mike Fletcher on drums, and Nate Saraceno and Jon Willis on bass.
Murphy hopes to soon bring in an organ player to round out his vintage Motown/Stax meets Southern Rock sound. He continues to gig all over town and aspires to acquire a fan base among the festival circuit. He believes that similar artists like Gary Clark Jr., Marcus King, and JJ Grey have proven that this is a place where his music can find a niche.
Jon Lee Murphy Band:
Jon Lee Murphy – Guitar, Vocals
Nate Saraceno – Bass
John Willis – Bass
Chris Midkiff – Drums
Mike Fletcher – Drums