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 tap dancers in the United States), Jesco practices a style of dancing that is a subtle mix of tap and clog dancing derived from this 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 him by name in the 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 has been known to lend his taps to music beds of many country songs.
On the heals of the newly acclaimed feature documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia … the wild man from Boone County is once again poised to captivate, and hitting the road to promote the White family lifestyle of hillbilly hi-jinks and tales of drugs, guns, and fighting … all part of a day in the life for the martyr of mountain tap dancing.