Thanks to Capn Ron for the latest update regarding Jesco
Jesco White, the Dancing Outlaw of Boone County, WV is alive
and well and living in a new trailer in Drawdy Holler in Boone
County. Norma Jean now lives in her own apt in nearby Charleston
but they still spend most weekends together. Sadly, Wattie
Green passed on recently and now local guitarist John Ross
plays with Jesco when he performs, which is not that often
these days. Jesco's brother Dorsey accidentally shot himself
awhile back with a pistol he thought was unloaded. Mama Bertie
Mae is still alive and living in nearby Van,WV. Sad to report,
Jesco's sister Mamie got busted for pot last month and may
be in jail awhile. The Dancing Outlaw videos both 1 &
2 are available via Les Blank at Flower Films out of El Cerrito,
CA. *WARNING* - Do NOT order from "www.dancingoutlaw.net"
or Overgrown Heroes or Lenny Dell - they are rip-offs!!!!
If you thought Dancing Outlaw was wild - check out the video
by Jesco's neighbor Hasil "The Haze" Adkins - The
Wildman of Van! "The Wild World of Hasil Adkins"
is even wilder than Dancing Outlaw and I don't say that lightly!
Fans can go to www.emptyglass.com
the website for the Empty Glass Saloon in Charleston, WV and
check out their live realtime webcam where you can see and
hear the bands and performers that play there nightly 10pm
till lastcall. I saw Hasil on there playing with the Pistol
Whippers and Lords of the Highway a few months back and it
was rockin' awesome!!!! Jesco also performed there a while
back with Trailer Bride when they came through. Trailer Bride
even wrote a song about it on their new CD. The Kentucky Headhunters
also do a new song about Jess titled "Jessico" that
is really cool.
Also, Jesco fans can actually write direct to the Dancing
Outlaw himself via his P.O.Box in Peytona, WV. Just address
mail to: Mr. J. White P.O.Box 57 Peytona, WV 25154-0057 Jess
lives way up in a holler at the foot of Drawdy Mountain so
he has to pick his mail up at the Peytona post office. He
loves to get cards and letters from real fans and especially
Elvis and Johnny Cash CDs. He loves Johnny Cash almost as
much as Elvis!This is not a joke, this is Jesco's real mail
address. Include a SASE and he might even write back to ya
or send ya one of his famous drawings. He LOVES Sharpie markers.
Send him one and it will increase your chances of getting
a drawing. It mostly just depends on how he's feeling that
day. Jess has good days and bad days. Just don't ask him a
buncha mess about huffin' gas and such, he's really tired
of all that type stuff. Fame without fortune sucks and Jess
has had about as much of the limelight as he can stand. He
loves to meet and hear from real folks that get where he's
coming from, but he's really tired of all the crazy party
dogs that just want to raise hell and get high just to say
they partied with Jesco. Hope this info brings enjoyment to
all the legions of fellow Jesco fan road dogs out there ridin'
the interstates and rockin' the venues! Cap'n Ron aka Wildweed
Ron's Bio: I am a bohemian hillbilly beatnik Blues Dobro
player from Chickahominy Swamp, Virginia that pays the bills
by going on the road as a Producer, Video & AV tech/multimedia
specialist for I-mag shows, concert tours and such.
I tried to purchase the two Dancing Outlaw tapes from www.dancingoutlaw.net
- they (Lenny Dell or whoever it is) were very nice and encouraging.
However, its now been two months since they accepted my
money from Pay Pal, and Lenny Dell responds to my daily emails
with "I will be personally sending out your tapes this
Friday or next Monday". Once, he even sent me a fake
USPS shipping confirmation number!
I do not know if I will ever see the tapes or my money (he
has accidentally sent me emails intended for other suckers)
but I wanted to warn everybody else.
And Lenny, as soon as I get my tapes I'll happily remove
Thanks to Teddy Long for this recent update:
Jesco hasn't been arrested, that's all pop culture fiction.
In fact he's doing well, resting inside his camper with all
of his Elvis memorabilia.
BUY THE VIDEO! You have to.
And the *only* place you can get an original, with covers
and all is...http://www.dancingoutlaw.net
E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
They will do ya right and they kick back some money to Jesco
Hope this helps!
Thanks to JimBo for this update on our hero.
Just an update on Jessico...The Evil Jessico finally won out He
is in prison for assulting his wife(some rumours say murdered ...some
say assult) but all the stagehands in Charleston West Virginia (just
one county away from Jessico's Home) all agree that he is in the
poky. To bad he didn't run his own record company he might have
JimBo is: Well now I am one of the old roaddogs. Started out with
Kerosene powered dimmers and horse drawn land yachts......tell ya
that Anne Oakley could put on a show but man meeting her rider was
There's a documentary that I would like to revive from the mid-90s.
It's a documentary I saw on a standard country music submarine ride
from Nashville to the west coast. Jesco White is from West Virginia
and is actually a real person. I went on three different tours in
2000, none of my fellow bus brothers had seen or heard of Jesco
White (It's no Blazing Saddles, but it certainly should be a classic
like it). It's the sort of film that has loads of lines you can't
help but use on your next load in.
West Virginia public television has a show called a different drummer,
which covers personalities in the state of West Virginia. The general
vibe is Jesco White who is a mountain dancer in the middle of nowhere,
with his wife Norma Jean and Marilyn she ain't. Norma describes
Jesco's 3 personalities; there's Jesse who is the nicest most wonderful
guy, Jesco who is the devil in himself, and Elvis.
Jacob Young who directed the film went up there by himself with
just a camera. He describes in an interview that he had to take
a lot of precautions and assure them that his camera wasn't a weapon.
He also stated that these people are essentially the last of the
true hillbillies. Jesco tells the story of his life in his West
Virginia words. He talks about his addiction to glue and gasoline.
My favorite is the one where he sees the snake head on the beautiful
woman's body after sniffing one too many. He also talks about his
family which Jacob leads us into as the film progresses. Roseanne
had him on her show which is where the sequel "Jesco goes to Hollywood"
It's tough to believe that it's a documentary as you can't believe
it's real. The movie is available at Tower on special order.
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