IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN OUTLAW!!
At a year and a half old Mark was given a Quaker Oat can and a coffee can taped together, his first "drum set", by his Dad. From those humble beginnings he graduated to playing catalog stacks along with music on TV. Finally at 14 he received a Montgomery Ward Drum kit and has not looked back.
Being known to fill in for drummers in the area, in 2009 OUTLAW'D asked him to do just that. Two unrehearsed and hiccup free shows later it was official.
"I knew that this was a special group of musicians and I have been enjoying adding my flavor to OUTLAW'D ever since. It is always a great day to be an Outlaw!"
Tom came to Outlaw’D in a most serendipitous way; filling in on short notice for a major show on the road. He made a big impression and decided to continue on with Team Outlaw’D when the opportunity arose to open exciting new musical doors. Tom is a huge fan of Nashville country music and focuses on putting real country guitar playing into the Outlaw’D musical mix. “The best thing about being in the band is seeing everyone working hard at putting on a great performance. Outlaw’D really does want to crush every show we play.”
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Jay is a self taught bass player who started playing in a local band as a Singer and was asked to play bass as well. now 35 years later and several bands under his belt is enjoying playing with a great group of musicians and his love of Classic Country Music.... Waylon, Merle and Hank Jr. are a few of his favorites.....
Born in West Covina, CA, Leroy grew up listening to all kinds of music from classic country to classic rock and everything in between. He had a love for music from the very beginning. At the age of ten, Leroy started to learn his craft beginning with the Pedal Steel guitar and Acoustic guitar. He practiced by playing along with the radio for hours at a time. When he was twelve, his mom started taking him to small clubs where he would get a chance to sit in and play with different local groups. This gave him experience he used to hone his craft and grow into the passionate player he is today. Leroy had his first professional gig playing with Les Martin and The Country Drifters when he was fourteen. He was "Voted Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2005 WAMI's", Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards recognizing Wisconsin musicians’ achievements and accomplishments. Leroy brings a full body sound with hot pickin’ styles, in musical genres including Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Classic Rock, Texas Swing, Bluegrass, Gospel, Contemporary Christian Rock and Americana.
Caleb received his first guitar when he was 9 years old. Hearing legends like George Jones, Mere Haggard, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, etc. riding on his grandpa's golf cart made him fall in love with country music at a young age. Caleb has branched into other instruments like dobro, mandolin, banjo, and most notably fiddle in the time since. Marc found him playing in a sandwich shop of all places in May 2022, took a chance on him and the rest is history. "I'm forever thankful for Outlaw'D taking a chance on me so early in my fiddle adventure, the memories that have been made and are yet to be made are going to last a lifetime."
Inspired and taught the basics by his dad Marc started playing the piano at the age of 12 and picked up his first guitar at age 14. From that point he took a turn towards Outlaw Country and his playing was influenced by Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. In the summer of 2006 OUTLAW'D was born and has been rowdy ever since.
"Enjoying every minute of the close friendships I have formed with the band members, getting to know our wonderful fans who support us and meeting the venue owners who host us. It's been one Hell of a a crazy fun ride!"