Jesco White was born in Bandytown, a tiny community located in the
Appalachian Mountains of Boone County, West Virginia.
Referred to as ‘Appalachian Royalty’ by some, Jesco is best known
as ‘The Dancing Outlaw. Taking the shoes that were handed down to
him from his father D Ray White (one of the greatest mountain
dancers in the United States), Jesco practices a style of dancing
that is a subtle mix of tap and clog dancing derived from his
native Appalachian region.
As the popularity of the mini documentary The Dancing Outlaw grew
... so did the demand for Jesco. Many became aware of Jesco through
third generation VCR tapes that were copied and handed off in a
series of unimaginable successions that made him the cult icon that
he is today. From Architects to Mechanics, Jesco’s mystique and
charm have captivated people for over a decade, and made him one of
the most notorious members of the ‘hellbilly’ movement.
Jesco has been linked to many popular artists through song. Big and
Rich mention his name in their single "Comin' to Your City”. Hank
Williams III wrote the song "Legend of D. Ray White," which honors
the cultural significance of Jesco's father. It also mentions
Jesco, as well as another legendary Boone County artist, Hasil
Adkins, and Jesco's sister Mamie White. Jesco also dances on the
Hank Williams III song "Louisiana Stripes.”
On the heals of the new acclaimed feature documentary The Wild and
Wonderful Whites of West Virginia ... the wild man from Boone
County is once again hitting the road to promote an evening of
hillbilly hijinks and tales of drugs, guns and fighting ... all
part of a day in the life for the martyr of mountain dancing.
Availability: Generally available for one offs, fly outs and
Note: Serious inquiries only. All offers should include
hospitality accommodations and, if applicable, airfare for a travel
party of 3-4 people.
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