Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads formed in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California in 1999. Billed as the #1 Jimmy Buffett tribute act in the nation, The Parrotheads have headlined fairs, festivals, corporate events, concert series and private engagements across the United States.
The members of Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads bring a special blend of talent and musical greatness to each and every show. Each member of the band has had their own musical career along the way, including one who is a two time Grammy winner. The musicians of Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads have shared the stage with members of Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefers, The Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Pablo Cruise, Tesla, Eddie Money, Montrose, Dale Watson, Lucinda Williams, Y&T, The Guess Who, and many others. One notable longtime former member, Mr. Jay Spell, was inducted into the North Carolina Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 for his lifetime of work with greats such as, Jimmy Buffett, Randy Travis, Emmylou Harris, The Tractors, Canned Heat, Tammy Wynette and numerous others. Jay played with Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads for several years, until his passing from cancer in 2010. Currently, members include:
Garratt Wilkin – Acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Rick Turnage – Lead guitar, background vocals
Tom Whinnery – Keyboards, harmonica
Jerry McFadden – Keyboards
Jim Leslie – Bass Guitar, background vocals
Ellen Range – Percussion, background vocals
Peter Philis – Drums
The Parrotheads’ appreciation for their fans is limitless. Garratt has been quoted as saying, “We get such a kick out of performing for fans that they become just as much a part of the show as we are.” From Parrothead costume contests to an intimate backyard event with bare feet and flip flops, Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads will take you on that journey to Margaritaville. You may even find the lost shaker of salt along the way.