Pemberton performing with country music legend Trace Adkins.

Pemberton performing with country music legend Trace Adkins.


Pemberton Roach is a bassist/multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer based in New York City. In addition to co-leading the popular country music tribute band BIG HIX, he recently played bass on the #7 Billboard nationally charting hit "Fa La La" by Elizabeth Chan, completed his second European solo acoustic tour, and can be seen performing regularly with NYC's premier event band, Starlight Music. A dynamic live performer, he has played thousands of gigs on four continents at venues ranging from soccer stadiums to hay wagons. He has been signed to several record labels (both major and indie) and has recorded music featured on many television programs including Dawson's Creek, MTV Road Rules, Dukes of Melrose, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. Pemberton has also produced commercial music for organizations such as the Philadelphia Phillies, the FUSE Network, the Columbus Zoo, and Victory Beer.

In addition to recording and performing his own music, Pemberton has worked and jammed with hundreds of other artists whose talents span nearly every genre from bluegrass to Broadway and death metal to disco, including Max Weinberg, Moby, Trace Adkins, Kevin Hart, Charlie McCoy, Earl Slick, Sebastian Bach, and Chris Jagger, as well as members of Blue Oyster Cult, the Dictators, Blondie, INXS, Bon Jovi, Living Colour, Afghan Whigs, Psychedelic Furs, New York Dolls, Humble Pie, Savoy Brown, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Blue Man Group, Cactus, Rock of Ages, Def Leppard, Jethro Tull, Fountains of Wayne, King's X, and many others. 

Prior to making music full-time, Roach worked on the other side of the record business in publicity, radio promotion, marketing, A&R/production, and broadcasting, working closely with artists such as Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint and jazz legend Keith Jarrett. He also served as an official judge for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and held a position as staff editor for the industry standard reference All Music Guide. An accomplished instructor, he has taught both bass and guitar to hundreds of students, ages eight to 80. 


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