The Radio Pilots (formerly named Barefoot Johnny) are a classic - modern rock cover band based just outside of Baltimore, MD that focuses on music from all eras so everyone has a great time at one of our shows! From Jimi Hendrex and Tom Petty thru DNCE and The Killers; they play all shapes and sizes of Rock 'n' Roll for your party or venue's enjoyment.
The band has played many local venues (as Barefoot Johnny) including The Barn, The Stil, The Harp, The Dejon Vineyard, The Bowman, Parkers, The Bushmill, The Ashland Cafe, Michaels Cafe, The Crazy Tuna, The Poplar Inn and many others! They also play private parties and will make your event ROCK!
The Radio Pilots are:
John Laubach – Lead Vocals and Harmonica John is the lead singer and front man for “Barefoot Johnny.” John has loved music and singing his entire life and is ready to play out, have fun, and rock-n-roll! He’s been in several classic and modern rock bands (the most visible of which was “Gottcha Covered”) and really loves performing in front of a crowd. Just a few of his musical influences are The Police, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, David Gray, The Decemberists, Peter Gabriel, Nine Inch Nails, and Frank Sinatra.
Michael Fiore – Rhythm Guitar – Backing Vocals As countless other young people were, Mike was inspired to become a musician after seeing the Beatles’ historic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After two years of begging and pleading with his parents, they finally relinquished and agreed to buy him a set of drums and he’s been playing music ever since. Besides playing guitar for Barefoot Johnny, Mike also writes and records original music with Black Velvet Express. Mike’s band history includes Black Velvet Express, Jump Street, The Accused, Voices, Vis a Vis, and Secret Service.
Alan Sterk – Keyboards Al started playing music at the age of 9. For several generations, his family has been involved with music for pleasure and on stage. Al’s had experience with both brass and woodwind instruments, playing tenor sax during his high school and college years after which he took up the bass guitar. Al played in several bands in the 70's including the Celestials, Chamberman, and Five Easy Pieces (through 1986), performing mostly dance and rhythm & blues music. Next, Al an learned how to play the keyboards which he now rocks with "Barefoot Johnny."
Tony Hodson – Bass Guitar – Backing Vocals Tony began playing bass at age 14. Over the past 26 years, he has worked with an array of Baltimore area cover bands and original acts, including Midnight Sun, The Marshall Holman Band, Deep Shag, Rakshasa, Ocean, and Jonasay. Most recently, he co-founded, managed, and played with the Rolling Stones tribute band Beggars Banquet, before departing the group in early 2016. Tony’s been influenced by way too many artists to name, but would say he’s most inspired by the classic sounds of Muscle Shoals, Motown, and anything you might hear on WTMD’s Dirty Soul Party.
Jimmy Brink - Drums - Born into a musical Family, Jims Dad, Donald Brink is a retired Band Director who has an M. A. in Music Education from his studies at Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University and Loyola College. Jims Uncles have competed nationally for Barber Shop quartet singing. Jim’s 1st musical accomplishment was receiving an award as “Best Musician” during his 8th grade graduation from the Canton Middle School Band, under the direction of Tom Merrinick. While Jim attended Mount Saint Joseph High School, he played in the Concert Band, Show band, and the Award Winning Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chris Tranchetella. He played in the pit band for the following shows: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Little Orphan Annie, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease. During his senior year, MSJ hosted a “Battle of the Bands” and Jim’s band Bag of Tricks took home the big prize!!!!! At graduation, Jim received the “Brother Peter Gaskin Award” for Excellence in music. During Jim’s span in High School, he received private lessons from a Berklee Grad by the name of Grant Menefee. Jim also played in the snare line for the Baltimore Colt’s Marching Band for 3 years. After High School, Jim auditioned for the United States Marine Corps. Band and the next thing you know, he was on a bus headed for Parris Island. Jim Studied for a year and graduated from the U.S. Navy School of Music and was stationed with the Marine Band in Quantico VA. Jim spent 5 years playing for the Marine Band.
Ron Turner – Lead Guitar Ron started playing guitar at age 11 and has been in many bands over the years including Blue and Gold, Junction, Spectrum, Used Parts, The Justin Taylor Band, Bondage Barbie and the Sleazy Bake Ovens, Zach Nenon and the Classroom Dragons, Jimmy and the Joint Jumpers, Gottcha Covered, and Robin & The Rhythmix before joining Barefoot Johnny. Some of Ron’s influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Scott Henderson, Buck Dharma, David Gilmore, Steve Morse, and Gary Moore.
Exciting things are to come! For more information or to book the band for your event or venue please call John at 410-537-0681 or email RadioPilots@Outlook.com