- Guitars and Vocals -
Born and raised in Miami, Jack cut his teeth on an old Gibson Marauder through a Fender Twin, playing the Dicky Betts leads behind his buddy Perry's slide guitar on old Allman Brothers Classics. In the mid 80's, he moved from Les Paul's to Strats and never looked back, developing a clean fat chunk through Mesa Boogie's and Vox amps. In 1990, Jack found Jerry in a Rag Magazine ad and together they have built 3 bands --Uncle Buck, Rumblefish and Bootleg-- and continue to rock the South Florida music scene. Jack sets the pace and maintains Bootleg's discipline as one of the areas most prolific rock and roll bands!
- Vocals and Percussion -
By the time Patrick first saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show he had already worn out the the lone snare drum and cymbal his folks bought for him. That's when he shifted from Elvis and Jerry Lee to full on Rock & Roll. In high school he played with a rock band called BLACK SHIP. He dreamed of playing with the likes of Led Zep, Rolling Stones, CCR, Clapton, and The Who, but the sea and a new family with 3 lovely girls kept him from joining those bands and running away from home. Finally, he got with Jerry and Jack and helped form Bootleg. He still sings, wails and beats on things with all the gusto he's had from the start, and he may not jump as high as he used to, but he still makes it on and off the stage without the aid of of his bandmates!
- Drums and Bitchin' -
At 6 years old, Jerry learned to play the drums just by listening. Somewhere between absorbing styles from the mid 60's to now, he discovered the band Little Feat, and to this day is inspired by their drummer Richie Hayward. "I'm a fool for that rockin', rollin', rhythm and blusin' foot stompin', shuffling music." After playing in the Long Island music scene for many years he moved to South Florida and connected with guitar player Jack Kardys in 1990. Rock bands Uncle Buck and Rumblefish were rocking and rolling the music scene until 1999, and after a brief hiatus, he reunited with Jack and formed Bootleg. Jerry's drum rig is a DW Perfomance Series with Paiste signature cymbals all mixed, compressed and gated for a sharp, punchy pop.
- Bass, Keyboards and Vocals -
Bob is a versatile "in the pocket" player that can blend into any studio or stage situation, from Jazz to Disco to Rock. A New York native, Bob comes from a musical family. He was classically trained on Piano at age 5, self taught on Guitar and Electric Bass Guitar, and has the incredible quality of "perfect pitch." Most people in the circuit know him as the Keyboard Dude or the Bass Dude and is always up for a good laugh as well as pushing the performance envelope. At one point or another during a Gig, you will probably see him playing bass on top of a chair, table, bar, boat, or whatever he can find. Bob brings a seriously fun attitude as his Bass grounds the Bootleg experience.
- Guitars and Slide -
Raised in South Florida, Karl started playing guitar with his neighborhood buddies on an old Epiphone acoustic. Schooled in
Southern Rock and Blues, he gravitated toward slide or “bottleneck”
guitar. In the 90’s Karl ran into Jack and Jerry of Uncle Buck fame, spending two years on the infamous “Buck Stops Here Tour”. After recording original music for the better part of the 00’s, Karl reunited with Jack, Jerry and the gang in Bootleg, adding lead, slide and rhythm guitars to round out their classic rock sound.
- Vocals and Percussion-
Hailing originally from L.A., Bootleg's newest featured vocalist is Maria Doty, who splits time with her and husband Chuck's band, The Double Standard. Maria has performed in bands throughout the South Florida area for more than 30 years, most notably with Jerry and Jack in Rumblefish during the 90's. Her vocal range is superb and her contribution to Bootleg's harmonies complement the guitar harmonies Jack and Karl provide. From Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin covers to Adele, Melissa Ethridge and Alanis Morrisette, Maria adds a new dimension to Bootleg's vast and popular classic rock repertoire!