Formed in 2008, Brown Bottle Fever is one of the hottest bands in the St. Louis area. Brown Bottle Fever is a two-piece stomp blues act comprised of Zach Pemberton (harmonica, vocals) and Billy Skelton (guitar, stomp- box, vocals). The two have been traveling the Midwest, West and Southern regions since 2008 with their unique brand of blues. With live shows that can be described as an electrified whiskey soaked punch to the chest, the duo blasts crowds with energy and charisma.
Skelton’s stomp-box and guitar blends delta slide with pulsating rhythmic hard-driving precision, while Pemberton’s soulful voice and eerie storytelling combine with a harmonica style all his own. Their unique blend of jazz, blues, rock, and funk produces danceable beats anyone can enjoy. Original lyrics and diverse sounds transpire to catchy hooks and smiling faces.
Patrons take pleasure in the translucent harmonies created by the rhythmic syncopation of the bands instruments and vibrant vocals. The passion and pride possessed by the band members is dynamically displayed every time Brown Bottle Fever steps on stage.
Originally from Chattanooga, TN, the band’s lead singer, Zach Pemberton, cut his musical teeth playing four years of harmonica for the popular blues band Blackdog and the Rainmakers. While his first musical love is the harmonica, Pemberton has transitioned into a vibrant vocalist fine tuning his vocal chords to an aesthetically pleasing symphonic sound.
Brown Bottle Fever’s lead guitarist and vocalist, B.W. Skelton, has been playing guitar for 20 years. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Skelton has stared in several bands over the years before combining music powers with Pemberton. Both Skelton and Pemberton contribute to writing and composing the band’s tracks.
2013 begins a full year of touring and promotion of BBF’s first full length album “Two Piece Prison.”