In some unknown foreign tongue, the name “Delmas” must mean “ungodly good voice.” At least, that’s what the other members of Black Dog Hollow believe.
Delmas is the man with the golden pipes, the voice of Black Dog Hollow. A master showman, he quarterbacks the BDH live show with skill, all the while thrilling audiences with his vocal brilliance. He incites the crowd with highly charged versions of the Isley Brothers’ Shout, and Dion’s Runaround Sue, and dares his bandmates to keep up with his full-throttle version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues.
He started performing in Morgantown in 1983 with the band Breakdown. He was a featured member of Shank Swing and the Divots, Jr. Pezz and the Slicknutz, Eds Band (a Baltimore favorite), Crabby Red and the acoustic act The Storytellers. He also performs with the Straydogs Acoustic group. His musical influences include Billy Joel, Elton John, Darius Rucker and Counting Crows.
Delmas and his wife, Buffie, reside in Morgantown.
"My philosophy has always been that it’s not about me or the band; it’s about the people who pay to see you. I want to make sure they leave having had a great time and telling their friends about the band. We just facilitate the fun."