A New Era

In late March, Dirt was notified by bassist Jason Ortman of his intent to leave the group. He wants to start his own project focusing on glam metal covers and he wanted to put his efforts into getting that off the ground.

While Jason pledged to remain with Dirt for the remainder of 2018, the remaining 3 members made it known that we were seeking a new major rager of the four-string motherf**ker. And, after an exhaustive search that turned up many candidates, we are happy to announce we found our guy.

Bob Rodriguez, a native of Sheffield Lake and a current Elyria resident, wowed Dan, John and Matt in his audition two weeks ago. We gave him five songs to learn and he showed up with 12! After a few days to talk it over, Bob expressed his interest in becoming the newest member of Dirt. And we unanimously agreed to welcome him into the Dirt Family.

Jason will stay on board for the time being to help us fulfill dates while we get Bob up to speed. As of now, we've circled July 14 at the Akron Empire as Jason's swan-song gig and July 28 at the Dogg House in Avon Lake as Bob's debut performance with Dirt. With Avon Lake right next door to Sheffield Lake, we're hoping we get quite a few people out to see their native son make his debut with us.

Bob has been a member of the Lorain County-based classic and pop rock cover band Big Agnes for the past several years. But he's always been a metal-head at heart. The chance to jam on those songs he loves was too good to pass up.

Bob is married with two daughters about to graduate from high school and a son.

Ironically, we make this announcement one year to the day that Jason decided to officially join the band in place of the departing Andres Moyet.

We wish Jason the best of luck in his future endeavors and we welcome Bob into the fold as our newest Dirt-bag!

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