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"Brown Bottle Fever Q&A"

Stomp blues duo Brown Bottle Fever, made up of Zach Pemberton on vocals and harmonica and Billy Skelton on guitar, vocals and stomp box, releases its first “real” CD this weekend at Off Broadway with “Two Piece Prison.” “It’s definitely our style,” says Pemberton.

Talk about being a two-piece stomp blues act. To us it just means the two of us. We added the stomp to differentiate from just being a two-piece band...

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- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Must See Show!"

Brown Bottle Fever puts on one of the best live shows I've seen in a long time. Any venue looking for a fun band, with a fresh sound, should book them for a night to see what the buzz is all about.
Their edgy performance and passion for music makes for an entertaining - must see show!

Mike Kociela
Entertainment Saint Louis - Entertainment St. Louis


2009 - A Collective
2013 - Two Piece Prison



Formed in 2008, Brown Bottle Fever is one of the edgiest bands around. 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, you are sure to have a great time whenever you see this duo!
Meeting in 2006 playing with separate bands, Zach and Billy came from two totally different genres of music. Zach came from a solid blues background that stretched from his hometown of Chattanooga, TN to St. Louis, MO. Billy came from a long line of semi-accomplished heavy style bands from the west coast to the Midwest. The duo finally got the chance to combine efforts in the summer of 2008 creating their musical child Brown Bottle Fever! The combination of their personalities, influences, and musical outlook has concocted a unique style of music that truly catches the ear, young and old alike!

BBF plays an aggressive style of blues heavy with harp and slide guitar with a solid core. The beat from Billy’s stomp box keeps heads bobbin’, toes tappin’, and the hands clappin’! 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 BBF and the rhythmic syncopation of the band’s 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.” For the band's latest tour schedule please visit