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Josh Solomon Or Is It Buddy Holly?
Those familiar with Buddy Holly’s story are quick to point out the striking similarities between Buddy Holly and The Crickets and Josh and the Empty Pockets.
By: Jennifer Holderman / CA2NY Music Media
The Mercury Theatre, located in Chicago, offered Josh the lead role of Buddy Holly during their production of the Buddy Holly Story. Amazingly, Josh Solomon had only one request, he asked that his real life band (Josh and The Empty Pockets) accompanied him on stage as Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Danny Rosenthal became the Crickets drummer, while Nate Bellon joined the cast as the bassist. Norman Petty was played by Chicago DJ Scott Mackay. In a case of art imitating life, Mackay then took on the real life role of manager to Josh and the Empty Pockets.
The Buddy Holly Show quickly attracted the public’s attention during its successful nine month run. The band recorded a tribute Buddy Holly CD, which was combined with the Empty Pockets very own “Under The Bed.” The album has fruitfully sold more than 8,000 copies to date. Due to the album’s accomplishment, the band made appearances on WGN and ABC’s morning shows, performed on radio stations WXRT, WZZN, WLUP and received excellent reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Pioneer Press, and Daily Herald.
“Buddy Holly just wanted to bring his ‘type’ of rock and roll to the music scene. Like Buddy, we are excited to bring our ‘type’ of music to the world,” said Josh Solomon.
Josh and the Empty Pockets are introducing their ‘type’ of music to the world with their debut CD “Under The Bed.” The band’s first single, “Side Effects”, combines Jack Johnson, Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, and, of course, Buddy Holly to create a fresh new sound. Watch for selected tracks on current episodes of Nickelodeon’
“This is one of the most amazing similarities that I have seen in a long time…” says Alonce, CEO of Alonce Music Agency. “Josh and the Empty Pockets or should I say, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, will continue to provide a towering yet positive impact within the music industry during 2008.”
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