The Coppertones

The Coppertones


The South's Premier Live Party Band!!! This group plays a mixture of classic R&B, Soul, Motown and Carolina Beach music.


Virginia native, Judy "The Gidget" Marshall, has been performing professionally since the age of 15 (which she claims was seven years ago). She has an extensive background in theatre, lead vocals, and background vocals. She has provided background vocals in recording studios in Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. Additionally, her vocal style ranges from pop, classic R&B, country/bluegrass, and show tunes. Judy has performed in numerous theatrical productions, including lead roles in "Anything Goes," "Little Shop of Horrors," and "Steel Magnolias."

As a recording artist in Nashville, she worked with The Jordanaires, The Lea Jane Singers, and The Nashville Edition. She also provided demo vocals for various songwriters including Kim Williams, songwriter for Garth Brooks, Joe Diffy and Reba McIntyre. However, Judy's proudest moment was performing as background vocalist for Percy Sledge.

Jim Hensley, (Kavorka)
N Augusta, SC Guitar, Vocals
Jim grew up in one of the oldest southern city of R & B, Augusta, Georgia.

At sixteen he started to cut his teeth playing R & B. At seventeen he joined the U.S. Navy and on the week-ends played in a Variety Band and later, in a kick'n Country Band.

Back in civilian life, he has played in every kind of band imaginable. Rock,

Country,and even in a Alternative Band. After being lucky enough to see Jackie Wilson perform, he returned to his roots; R&B and soul music. His bigest influence is Steve Cropper.

Jim has been living on James Island for twelve years and can not imagine living anywhere else. It is just him and his black stratocaster.

Originally from Kingston, NY, "Fabulous" Lou's career as a drummer has spanned over thirty years. Lou has played a wide variety of music including jazz, rock, blues, and R&B. He has performed in musical productions as well including "HAIR" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Over the years he has shared the stage with numerous recording artists such as Robbie Dupree (Heart Rod Hearts, Steal Away), Larry Hoppen (Orleans) and Fred Wesley (James Brown).

Lou and his wife Valerie have resided in the lowcountry for the past ten years where he has been performing with local favorites including Joe Clarke and Mike Viljac's Elvis Presley Tribute Show band.

Memphis Rich Fowler began working professionally with an 8 piece horn band in Memphis at the age of 16. For 3 years that band "Globe" was one of the top bands in Memphis with at least 8 appearances on the George Klein show where they shared the stage with names such as (Tommy James of the Shondells, The Baby's and Al Green). Globe recorded several recordings at the "Hi Recording Studio" (The same studio that Al Green cut his famous first album). Globe also opened for Dr. John and Brownsville Station.

At age 19 Memphis Rich went on the road and worked with various bands on the Ramada Inn and Holiday Inn Circuits. In 1986 Rich moved to Charleston, S.C. and has performed solo and with several local bands such as Michael Viljac's Elvis Tribute Band. Memphis joined The Coppertones in the summer of 2005 but can still be seen sometimes performing solo around Charleston

JR Ryan,
Belleville, NJ . Bass, Vocals
A veteran of the ' Jersey shore bar scene, an area that produced BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY. JR brings a solid bottom to the mix, working in sync with Lou to deliver a tight groove. He also adds the tenor to the 'Tones tight harmonies, and serves as musical director. JR is also a walking encyclopedia of useless musical trivia (hence the Rainman reference).

Larry Williams,
(The Britches)
Charlotte, NC . Keyboards, Vocals
Seems "The Britches" has been performing all his life. He first started on drums in a Monkees tribute band (way ahead of the tribute band curve) when he was 12. He played in various bands, always with a horn section, all throughout school.

In college Larry worked with the legendary "frat band" ARG, and was recognized as one of the premier musicians in the Charlotte area.

He also worked as a member on Major Lance's backup band.

"The Britches" was away from the music scene for about 15 years, concentrating on home recording and writing. He then joined the Charleston band, "Blue Eyed Soul" and began working keys into his performance.

The Britches and Rainman met, and with The Gidget, ultimately formed The Coppertones. His experience with horns has helped him "think like a horn player" to add bite to The 'Tones show.
A natural ham, he fronts the show.