John Todd and Shameless formed in early 2006 with a common goal....to entertain Garth fans around the world. With a 7-piece, high energy show that features all the components of the real thing!! From the sweet sounds of the violin, to the heart and soul of country music....the pedal steel guitar. With precise bone-chilling vocals, John Todd and Shameless bring to life the full Garth experience!! Ask anyone who has seen them perform and you'll hear the same thing...."Unbelievable!!"
Interested?? Come out and see the magic for yourself.
Born and raised in Cleveland OH, you wouldn't think John Todd would be able to capture the down home nature and "Oklahoma drawl" of Garth Brooks....You thought wrong!!! People across the nation are beginning to experience the musical phenomenon of the dead-on vocals and downright eerie likeness to Garth himself.
Growing up in a traditional southern family, he has roots that reach down through West Virginia and into Georgia. So it is no surprise that country music was, and always will be the mainstay of family entertainment. As he began to develop musically, a few unique artists were in their prime, and were big influences in the style of his singing. Some of his favorites being George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., John Michael Montgomery, and of course....Garth Brooks.
Dedicated to his family, and fans...John Todd is a perfect example of hard work and determination. He looks forward to entertaining people around the world, and continuing the legacy of GARTH!!
Gerry began driving his parents crazy at the age of 5, incessantly tooting on his harmonica. So it should be no surprise that he had to wait until after college to begin his relationship with the pedal steel guitar.
He has been performing in bands in Ohio, California, the Virgin Islands, and Florida since 1968, ranging from jug, blues, country, folk, and rock and roll.
His bands have shared billing with acts as diverse as Loretta Lynn, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, McKendree Spring, Lester Flatt, Hazel and Alice, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Gene Clark of the Byrds.
Pedal Steel Guitar - Harmonica
As a kid, Bob had visions of being a rodeo clown after a vacation in Wyoming. Back home, realizing that Ohio wasn't the place for cowboys and outlaws, banging on pots, pans and whatever went "BOOM!" was equally amusing to the soul. At age 6, it was a toy drum set, then school orchestras and marching bands.
Recorded and performed many styles of music: rock, jazz, metal, country...(anyone can play the blues!) A member in many copy, original and tribute bands that have opened up for acts like 38 Special, Badfinger, Ginger Baker, Leslie West, Dave Mason, Derek St. Holmes amongst others. Biggest musical inspirations are Buddy Rich, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Frank Zappa and Dad (for diverse interests in music).
With Bob's outlandish style and loveable personality, he is a perfect match for Shameless. Bob always finds his "happy place" by beating on something!!
As an orchestral bassist John has studied with some of the best teachers and players in the country. His passion for music has lead him to tour Europe twice, performances at Carnegie Hall, and several music festivals from Washington D.C. to Graz Austria and Blossom where he played with the Cleveland Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Akron Symphony and is a part-time member of the Columbus and Canton Symphonies. John's experience with playing in bands goes back to his high school talent show. He has played everything from heavy metal to jazz in bands like PowerHitter, The Front, The Kingbees, and The Jack Ripper Jazz Trio.
Growing up as a coal miners' grandson John has fond memories of being a youngster hearing all the great country artists of the 70's on the AM radio in the family car. John feels that playing in Shameless is therefore a natural progression, coming full circle, on his musical journey.