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About The Empty Pockets
Marked by their versatility, Chicago-based roots rock band the Empty Pockets have a style of their own, but have also learned the ropes from working with other talented artists. The group was founded in 2006 by guitarist and singer Josh Solomon, who grew up in Lincolnwood, Illinois, a suburb less than 15 miles from Chicago. Solomon first started playing music with a pair of childhood friends, bassist Nate Bellon and drummer Danny Rosenthal, and when Solomon was cast as iconic '50s rocker Buddy Holly in a Chicago production of the musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Bellon and Rosenthal tagged along, landing the roles of Holly's backing band, the Crickets. During the run of the show, Solomon, Bellon, and Rosenthal cut an album of Buddy Holly covers, Not Fade Away, that they released under the moniker Josh & the Empty Pockets.
After the run of the show was over, Josh & the Empty Pockets began playing the Chicago club circuit, performing both covers and original material with the addition of Erika Brett, a keyboard player and vocalist who had also appeared in the Chicago production of Buddy and occasionally appeared with the group. Brett appeared on two tracks of the second Josh & the Empty Pockets album, Under the Bed, in 2008. The set features ten original tunes, all of which would be featured on various Nickelodeon TV shows. By the end of 2008, Brett had become a full member of the group, with the name streamlined to the Empty Pockets as they released a holiday single, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" b/w "Baby Please Come Home."
A six-song EP, Introducing the Empty Pockets, arrived in 2011, while the band closed out the year with another Yuletide release, a five-song set entitled A Holiday Staycation with the Empty Pockets. When not busy recording in their personal studio, the Empty Pockets played out frequently, headlining clubs and opening for Bob Schneider, Dave Mason, and Dickey Betts, among many others. They also served as backing band for a number of artists of note, including Kenny Loggins, Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Richie Furay (of Buffalo Springfield), and Simon Kirke (of Bad Company). In 2015, the Empty Pockets returned with a new studio project, The Ten Cent Tour. ~ Mark Deming
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