JL Fulks
Event on 2015-08-14 21:00:00

JL Fulks (Jeffrey Lynn Fulks Jr.) was born in Fountain Inn, South Carolina in 1990. At age 13, he began playing guitar, after being inspired by his father's love for the blues. His immediate prowess with the instrument led to him joining the "Praise Band" at Pleasant Grove Christian Academy. When his father noticed his sons abilities he gave him a recording of Stevie Ray Vaughan and told him, "If you're going to play guitar, play it like that." This was the first of many musical inspirations as he honed his skills in the "Praise Band." Performances both inside and outside of the school led to shows with other bands, playing in diverse venues before bigger audiences, some as large as 5000 people. Playing in the "Praise Band" taught young JL Fulks a lot about music and soon joined a rock group in high school. The group ended up winning his high schools battle of the bands.In January of 2009, at the age of 19 he formed a rock band, called, "Until Next Time" with three friends from the local music scene. The band was very popular in the Greenville, South Carolina region and eventually won a "Battle of the Bands" competition, which was sponsored by Gorilla Productions, a local independent label. The band parlayed their success by winning the finals at a club called the "Handlebar." They were subsequently voted Greenville S.C's best rock band in 2009 and were rewarded free recording time at Sit n Spin Studios, as well as a headline opportunity at the Handlebar. Things were looking up for the popular band as several independent labels were interested in signing them, but creative differences among the members led to the band break up before any success could be achieved.Undeterred by the band's break up, JL decided to further his musical knowledge by taking guitar lessons from Adam Knight, an instructor at the University of South Carolina. Under Knight, JL's musical evolution branched out to jazz, blues and other styles, but it was blues music that touched him the most. He started writing his own blues songs and performing them throughout the area for the most part of 2010.When his family moved to South Florida in 2011, JL continued his musical education by enrolling with Berklee College of Music's online extension program. Here he had the opportunity to study with some of the worlds best guitar and music instructors.While studying with Berklee, he also began making a name for himself in South Florida, playing out in open mic nights and freelancing. It wasn't long before his abilities were recognized by other musicians and he was being asked to sit in with many successful and talented musicians. He has shared the stage with such names as JP Soars and the Red Hots, Rickey Godfrey, Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues Band, Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, Damon Fowler, Southern Hospitality, Michael Allman, Michaela Paige, Brandon Santini and his Band, Muggy Doo and Roderick Kohn (Buddy Miles Express), Tom Holland (James Cotton Band), Boo Boo Davis, David Shelly and Bluestone, Bob Corritore, John Nemeth, Terry Hanck, and Patrick Farinas. In fact his association with Farinas continued in the recording studio. Together they recorded an album, entitled Dixie Highway. It is available online through iTunes.While doing all of this JL formed his own band, the JL Fulks Band in the beginning of 2013 with drummer Chuck Fiore Jr. and Bassist Kenneth Burgner. He performed all throughout South Florida with his band and headlined at BB Kings Blues Club frequently and other successful and professional venues. JL completed his first certification in blues, rock and jazz guitar from Berklee in mid 2013. He then graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Persistence paid off when JL was approached by Brandon Santini in the fall of 2013. After seeing JL perform at the Funky Biscuit one night with Dave Shelley and Bluestone, Santini asked JL to play guitar for his band. He relocated to Memphis, Tennesee in December of 2013 after three successful tours to play full-time in Brandon Santini's band.JL worked as Brandon's right hand man for eight great months where he opened the show for Brandon and drove the band as his lead guitarist and co-band leader at every show. He toured the country and headlined with Brandon at many great blues clubs such as Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, Bradfordville Blues Club, Boston's on The Beach, The Funky Biscuit, The Rum Boogie Cafe, The Blues Hall, and many others. Larger showcases became the norm as the band performed at some great blues festivals such as The Topeka Blues Festival, The Daytona Blues Festival, The Springing The Blues Festival, and the Southwest Florida Blues Festival where they opened for legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. It didn't take long before JL's guitar playing was noticed by blues editors, writers, and legendary musicians.After JL's performance at The Southwest Florida Blues Festival, he was told by Johnny Winter's manager that Johnny was impressed by his guitar playing, and that he insisted that she come find him immediately bring him backstage to meet with him. The Blues legend and the guitar phenom had an encouraging conversation about music and life. Quite an endorsement for young JL Fulks. That night lives on every night he plays his Gibson ES-335 that Johnny Winter signed. After eight great months of touring and performing frequently on world famous Beale Street and gaining invaluable road experience it was time to move on to begin work on his new record. He returned to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to begin writing and planning to launch his own band.Now at almost 24 years old JL Fulks has already lived the dream that most musicians work there whole lives to achieve. JL will be relocating to South Florida where he will form his own band, continue working on his project "Fulks & McGuire", teach guitar lessons, collaborate with many artists, and play as a part-time sideman for some legendary blues musicians. He plans to immediately enter the studio with Sam McGuire and finish up his debut record with 'Fulks & McGuire" when we returns to Florida as well as record another EP of his own original blues music. He also plans to continue working and playing his music in both his hometown of Greenville, SC and Memphis, TN.

at The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, United States


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