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SmootMahooty/Tom Bertling Live

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


TOM BERTLING – Lead Vocals, Song Writer, Acoustic & Electric Guitars

At the age of seven, Tom traded his brand new 007 Secret Agent Spy Case that he got for Christmas to a neighborhood

friend for a beat up acoustic guitar that had a large hole in the back.  He came home and proudly showed the trade

to his parents, who immediately told him to take back the guitar and get his 007 spy case.  Tom refused.  When his

parents realized that he was not going to return the guitar, they put strings on it with the condition that he learn

to play the Marine Hymn, he did.  He perfected his craft, sitting on the front porch for hours on end.  Number 8 of 12

children, Tom was raised in Delphos, a small town in northern Ohio.  Some of his earliest musical influences were

listening to his grandmother play guitar and sing old songs from the 20’s and 30’s, and tuning in to CKLW, an AM

radio station in the Windsor/Detroit area.  With an appreciation for all kinds of musical styles, Toms’ original

music cannot be categorized.  He writes a little bit of everything and he calls it “Mutt Music.”  He has played in

smokey dark corners of more pubs, dives, and roadhouses than he can remember.  Tom lived in Nashville for 7 years

and had the honor of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage twice, and numerous showcase clubs such as The Bluebird

Cafe and Douglas’ Corner.  The Nashville experience enabled him to live and work with some of the best song writers

in the industry.  His unique guitar and vocal style has won him fans from around the world.  It’s not uncommon to

hear such accolades as “What an incredible singer,” or “You wrote that song, why aren’t you famous?”  He always asks

if they own a record company.  The simple truth is, that he pursued the gift he was given and stayed true to the

dreams of his youth.  He actually gets to do what he loves, play music full time, and get paid to do it.  “It doesn’t

get any better than that!”


October 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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