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John Wilkes Booth / Bio

Since the formation of the band in 2005, the band has consistently recorded and played live shows while continually escalating their fan base. In May of 2008, Aural Fix, a Long Island magazine covering the local music scene, featured the band on the front cover. In 2007, John Wilkes Booth was chosen as a featured band on Fatcat Radio as well as selected as band of the week for Joe’s Podhole. In June of that year, they were voted by listeners as band of the month on local radio station, Radiox. This year, they were appeared on several Top 10 Lists.

The band’s popularity has also featured the foursome playing shows along the east coast with such national acts as The Hidden Hand, La Otracina, Zoroaster, Puny Human, Solace, Wooly Mammoth, and Wrecketh. The NY Speed Coalition reviewed the Booth show at Bar 131 and stated, “The dirt rock assassins played an absolutely flawless set of bone shattering, ground shaking hard rock.” In September 2009, JWB was asked to play the Stoner Hands of Doom 10th Annual Festival in Maryland. They are currently writing songs for their next release and looking for a few national dates.

General Info

Band Members
Kerry Merkle — Vocals, Christian Horstmann — Drums, Jason Beickert — Guitar,Harold Vrooman — Bass
Artist Name
John Wilkes Booth
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Stoner / Alternative Rock

Contact Info

West Babylon, NY

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