BJ's solo work explores the intimate, raw, emotional feeling of the gospel, blues, and 70s rock he was raised on as a child. He and his band have performed shows with the legendary Gladys Knight, Drivin N Cryin, and funk legends Mother’s Finest. BJ has also been enjoying regional popularity with his other band, Gibson Wilbanks who have opened for artists like Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and Diane Durrett.
BJ’s gregarious personality is palpable on record, often channeling other charismatic musical personalities like Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson and current retro revivalists like Leon Bridges. His self-titled album, BJ Wilbanks (released 2017) captures the refined analogue production qualities of yesteryear, complete with swampy southern bass and Stax-inspired horn sections. It is of a reminiscent of bygone era when music was so good, it transcended genre.
“The best music brings the most unlikely people together,” BJ asserts. “It's music from the soul.”