Jay Munly (also credited as Munly and Munly Munly) is a banjo player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. He has played a role in the development of the "Denver Sound", music that mixes elements of country, Gothic, and gospel. He is a member of Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Denver Broncos UK as well as the leader of his own band, Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots. Prior to working with the Harlots, Munly released several solo albums recording with a vast array of musicians. Some of these performers included members of Slim Cessna's Auto Club, DeVotchKa, and future members of Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots. In July 2006, Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots was voted the best band in Colorado by over 100 music experts in the Denver Post Underground Music Poll.
Munly is also a published author who has received the Southern Heritage Award and the Young North American Playwright Award for his work
Munly's music has ties to alt-country and Gothic Americana. Common themes include religion, violence and dysfunctional relationships; often they are intertwined. His increasingly narrative songs often feature banjo and, since the recording of Jimmy Carter Syndrome, strings.
Munly and the Harlots are currently working on two new records, neither of which has a release date.
* Blurry (1996 What Are Records?; 2006 Smooch Records (reissue))
* Munly de Dar He (1997 What Are Records?; 2006 Smooch Records (reissue))
* Galvanized Yankee (1999 What Are Records?; 2006 Smooch Records (reissue))
* Jimmy Carter Syndrome (2002 Smooch Records)
* Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots (2004 Alternative Tentacles/Smooch Records)