Empty Bottles

Empty Bottles began in 2014 as guitar duo, Joey Dennis and Joe Crandall, playing acoustic covers at an open mic at Roanoke’s Fork in the Market. Open mic host and piano wizard, Ben Hite, recognizing some real chemistry quickly jumped in, offering up rich, soulful vocals, and a chameleonic approach to keys. After adding in percussion and bass from locals John Beason and Steele Whisnant, the group began what we be a five year Tuesday night residency quickly building a following in the valley. In the fall of 2017, Crandall took a step back from the band, and Hite’s cousin and Richmond, VA native, Matt Faszewski began sitting in on Tuesday night shows. Blending in sax lines to the band’s developed list of Funk, Reggae, Soul, and classic Rock and Roll covers, as well as adding vocal harmonies and even assuming lead vocals on some of the material. This year, Beason has passed the helm to percussionist, Chad Hester, who most recently moved to Roanoke from Bend Oregon, and the 5 piece has settled into the role of the Valley’s premier 80s, Soul and Yacht Rock cover bands. This soulful group will put the wind back in anyone’s sails with grooves from legends such as Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, and the Doobie Brothers. So grab yourself a cold one and a dance partner because this voyage is gonna be as smooth as it gets.