What’s a Killingsworth?

On the day after Halloween, in 1971, Joey Killingsworth was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Kay & Bobby Killingsworth, ( a.k.a. Cousin Bo Jack, of the Eddie Bond TV Show ); so Joey has music in his blood, to say the least. At the age of 15, Joey’s first performance was playing drums with his daddy at a music festival in Mississippi. He was so impressive that he also ended up backing the legendary Jumpin’ Gene Simmons of “Haunted House” fame. This would not be the last great first for this budding star.

After playing in local bands, Grendel Crane and Mung, he honed his performance skills by playing in the rockabilly legend, Eddie Bond’s, band. Then, Joey began working on his own kind of music, & in 2004 he put out his first EP called “Gone to Stay”, under his own name. After his first attempt gained some recognition, he was inspired to create the first, self-titled cd, Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre . It included a song that defined hillbilly hellfire sound that would turn heads and astonish crowds for years to come.

As the story goes, a bad review at work inspired Mr. Killingsworth to take out his aggression out on paper. Soon after its release, The Rock 103 Morning Show got their hand on a copy of “Quittin Time”, and could not get enough of it. After a 7 week run, played every morning on the Mid-South’s oldest and largest rock radio station, the band with the long name that few could say right, and even fewer could spell, was a hit!

Due to the success of the single “Quittin Time”, Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre was formed. In 2005 they played their first gig opening for Shooter Jennings. Since then, they have travelled the country and have shared the stage with such diverse artists as David Allan Coe, HR of Bad Brains, Agent Orange, Jucifer, Green Jello, Unknown Hinson, Black Oak Arkansas, Jim Dickinson, Rev. Horton Heat and many, many others. Along the way, Joecephus & The GJM has had a revolving cast of some of the best talent in the mid-south & have put out 5 CDs, including the aforementioned Self Titled CD (2005), Smothered and Covered (2007), Tator Twats (2009), Hell or High Water (2010), and Arockalypse Now (2012).

Today, Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre consist of Joey Killingsworth on guitar and vocals, Brian Costner on bass and vocals, and David Wade on drums. They are in preproduction for their next CD, due out in later 2013. Many of their songs can be heard on Sirius XM, Shooter Jennings Electric Rodeo show, & a slew of independent and online radio stations throughout the world.

Being a music fan, one of Joey’s goals was to share the stage with some of his rock and roll heroes, and for the most part he has. One such band is Black Oak Arkansas which Joey has followed for most of his life. From opening for them, to filling in with them on guitar numerous times, Joey has developed a relationship with the band that led to a remake of Fever In My Mind with Jim Dandy. From there it has blossomed into a labor of love and a full length Black Oak Arkansas tribute record that also includes…

Jeff Clayton (Antiseen) Greg Ginn (Black Flag)

Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers)

Robby Turner (Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson bands) Kyle Turley (New Orleans Saints)

Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson band) Rickie Lee Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas)

Kirk Windstein (Down) Roger Alan Wade

Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers) Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock)

Brent Hinds (Mastodon) Wino (Saint Vitus)

Jayke Orvis (.357 String Band, Goddamn Gallows)

This record will be released some time in 2013 and the profits are going to The Savior Foundation to help abused animals, & those needing funding for medical attention .

For more info about Joey Killingsworth check out www.jk47.com and www.reverbnation.com/joecephusandthegeorgejonestownmassacre

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