Tootie’s path to BDH was about as long and winding as the back roads of his West Virginia home. He played in the Shinnston-based rock band Xcaliber before he hung up his guitar for more than 20 years.
Over time, he eventually developed the music “bug” again, and in 2013, he joined the Morgantown-based Redneck Crazy Band. Although the band’s run was short-lived, it afforded him the chance to meet and perform with bandmates Delmas Lee and Jim Black. Soon after, in February 2014, the two performers and the rest of the band welcomed Tootie into the BDH fold.
Since then, Tootie has brought a full-throttle country, West Virginia flavor to BDH. He shines on mandolin on tunes such as Copperhead Road and Wagon Wheel. He lays down an acoustic groove on Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, and his acoustic tones add texture to Bob Seger’s Turn the Page. And when he’s not busy strumming the guitar or mandolin, Tootie’s supplying the percussion for BDH’s array of dance tunes or enhancing the harmonies with his backing vocals.
His favorite musical acts include Journey, the Goo Goo Dolls, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. He counts Steve Earle, Chris Thile, Travis Tritt, and John Mellencamp among his musical influences. “Although I love and appreciate most genres of music, I am most fond of country and folk,” he says.
Tootie is the owner and operator of DeMarco's Taxidermy. He and his wife, Donna, reside in Shinnston, WV.