Music: About Coy Bowles and the Fellowship

Coy Bowles and The Fellowship is a band that fuses the roots of blues with the spontaneity of jazz with twinges of gospel, country, and rock. Bowles says, “The idea behind The Fellowship is to have a group of musician playing together under one common goal. The goal is to play your heart out and get down with the get down. It’s a rotating swirl of musicians. I wrote tunes and arranged them in a way in which the listener could appreciate the songs for the melody and lyrics but still have sections where the music was highly improvisational and could change on a nightly basis.

When I started writing music for this band, I really wanted to compose music that the listeners could connect to, music which possessed a distinct and completely original sound, while still giving a ‘hat-nod’ to my musical heroes.”

Bowles formed the fellowship in 2004. One evening after performing with the big band at GA State University, Bowles and the entire big band went to his house for an after party. At the time he had a basement with a stage in it like a small club. “There were 20 musicians on this little bitty stage in my house playing a southern funky improvisational style of music. It was a kind of music that I’d never heard or played before. At that time it was the coolest musical experience of my life and I wanted more. I woke up the next day and all I could think about was how can I make that happen again.”  This would be the birth of The Fellowship.

In 2006, Coy Bowles and the Fellowship released their first album, “Into the Distance.” In (2007) Bowles joined Zac Brown Band. Coy Bowles and the Fellowship continue to play in the Atlanta area when he is not on the road with Z.B.B..

Members Include:
Jordan Shalhoup

David Englehard

Jairaj Swann

Kevin Leahy

Will Groth


Amit Gokhale

Wes Funderburk

Norm Ficke

Kevin Scott

Mark Cobb

Matt Mangano

Dan Seifert