Biography

Pemberton performing with country music star Trace Adkins

Pemberton performing with country music star Trace Adkins

Pemberton Roach was raised in a Colonial-era stone farm house in Pennsylvania’s historic Brandywine Valley, with several formative years spent living on a dirt road in the Blue Ridge Mountains. His father operated a small AM country music radio station (where rock & roll pioneer Bill Haley once worked as a disk jockey), which played vintage honky-tonk and bluegrass; genres that continue to inform Pemberton’s rootsy, All-American sound. 

Moving to New York City at age eighteen, Pemberton established a career as a musician-for-hire, spending years recording and performing around the world at venues ranging from hay wagons to soccer stadiums. After working with nearly 200 different artists playing everything from Broadway to death metal, he begun releasing music under his own name. His first solo single, "Sad Thanksgiving In Cologne,” which one critic deemed "the drunken love child of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen,” is the torrid tale of a confused traveller attempting to navigate a world that’s left him behind. 

Drawing upon a lifetime of unusually diverse musical and personal experiences, Pemberton’s finely-crafted, instantly catchy songs recall current retro-leaning country music stars such as Midland and Jon Pardi, as well as seminal influences Merle Haggard, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, and Warren Zevon. His music celebrates the dignity and humor in the lonely moments of our shared human experience as well as the joys of a life lived without boundaries.

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