West of Memphis was founded in 1999 by harmonica player Karl Cabbage and guitarist Tom Walpole. Committed to playing high quality and authentic American blues music, West of Memphis has not succumbed to market pressures that would have the band lazily following the road well traveled.
In 2006, West of Memphis released their debut effort, Monkey Business, which earned the band a San Diego Music Awards nomination for "Best Blues Album" in 2006. In 2007, the band headed north to Montreal on the invitation from Canadian bluesman and harmonicia player extraordinaire Bharath Rajakumar, to record the follow up album Honey Pie.
In September 2009, the band won Best Blues at the San Diego Music Awards.