Sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie-Americana sound draws from timeless classic rock, folk and blues. An old-school sensibility featuring rich harmonies and skilled instrumentalists, Rolling Stone Magazine aptly dubbed the band a “polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit.”
Soon after recording an original demo as “Josh & The Empty Pockets,” childhood friends Josh Solomon and Nate Bellon found themselves featured in a Chicago theatrical production of The Buddy Holly Story, performing as Buddy Holly & The Crickets. There the boys met Erika Brett. With more than one distinct voice now delighting audiences, the band officially became “The Empty Pockets.” While writing, singing and touring together, Josh and Erika fell in love.
“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 a wide swath of other talented artists” (AllMusic.com).
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 full-length album, The Ten Cent Tour, expanding their sound into various facets of Americana and entering both the Billboard Heatseekers and Indie charts. With the 2017 release of the eight-song project Voices, the Empty Pockets entered a particularly prolific period, releasing another holiday EP, Snow Day, in 2018. A year later, the band introduced drummer Adam Balasco and released a new studio album, Tanglewoods, followed by the concert album, Live in Seattle.
“When The Empty Pockets play, they don’t just go through the motions of belting out tunes and revving their guitars to impress you – their performances are offset with a vibrancy and a sort of energetic showmanship so that space and distance don’t matter in the end – rather it’s more of which of their carefully crafted songs will strike a chord within you first.” (My Nguyen, AMDEntertainment)