After playing the winery and brewery circuit solo for a decade, Todd Brooks was joined by Mark Cooper on bass in mid to late 2017. Mark was a family friend who said he played bass and offered his services up in return for free wine at the shows. In a display of true professionalism, Mark set up a video camera at one of Todd’s events and recorded the whole show. Two weeks later, Todd received a note that Mark had learned the whole first set. So one fateful day at Breaux Vineyards, Mark stepped up, plugged into the board and nailed all the songs!! The extra low end was great and in a couple of weeks he was playing the whole show with Todd, sans a single practice. A year in, the duo did decide to practice one Saturday. In mid to late 2018, the duo invited long time local drumming legend, Joe Gallagher, out for a show. Having never practiced with Joe, the group took the stage at Locust Hill Golf Course. Mark and Todd called out the next song to the newfound percussionist, who had no idea what songs the duo even played. The show ended up sounding like the group had played together for years. After that, Todd and Mark were never able to get rid of Joe and decided to form the group Todd Brooks and Pour Decisions. Mark became the brains of the group, after coming up with the play on words using “Pour” instead of “Poor”, since the group mostly played at wineries and breweries. Between them, the band brings close to a century of playing music at all levels, to include opening spots for National Acts, as well as playing the deepest bowels of some of the slimiest Honky Tonks you have ever seen. In late 2019, Joe and Todd were invited to play at an open mic called, “Be The Star” hosted by a guitarist named Marcus Truelove. The three played a few songs and clicked well. Shortly after, Marcus joined the group, and with his military background and strict discipline, all the sudden we couldn’t goof off anymore. He now has us doing things we have never experienced as a band, such as writing sets lists, practicing, and playing the correct chords in the songs.
Updated March 2022
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