Reigning from the lush mountains of Western North Carolina’s Madison County where moonshine stills and ramshackle cabins abound. From this land of misfits and outlaws comes...

J.C. Tokes and the Empty Pockets
playing Retro-Americana originals & covers

Channeling early country sounds from the likes of Johnny Cash & Buck Owens... vocals dashed with a little Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits... songs with some funny and some sad, some sweet and some raunch. Most of all, it's an accessible performance, tailored to the audience.
This group, whose core members include Jon Curtis (lead vocals &6-string), Chris Caruso (bass and backup vocals), and Jason Rogers(percussion
Sometimes it's just background for people in the throws of conversation, often times it becomes interactive, engaging the audience, leading to chuckles and toe-tapping and dancing.

Sample Tracks:






Need just an opener for another act, sounds great. Need a 2 (or 3 or 4) hour slot filled, sounds great. Looking for one more act to fill out a show at your bar, sounds great. Flexible musician, anxious to entertain.


Here’s an incomplete list of venues played by J.C. Tokes:
...in North Carolina. Arden: Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. Asheboro: Bottle & Can. Asheville: Alley Cat Social Club, Ben’s Tune-Up, By-Water, the Burger Bar, College Street Pub, Conundrum Speakeasy and Intrigue Lounge, Fleetwood’s, Foggy Mountain Brewery, Grey Eagle Patio, Jack of the Wood, Moe’s BBQ Woodfin, New Mountain - Blue Ridge Taproom, Odd’s Cafe, Ole Shakey’s, the One-Stop, One World Brewery, Oskar Blues Taproom, Sly Grog Lounge, Tressas, 31 Patton. Black Mountain: Straightaway Cafe, Town Pump. Boone: Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Brevard: Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom and REEB Ranch. Cary: Pharmacy & Bottle. Chapel Hill: Caffee Driade. Charlotte: Birdsong Brewing, Wild Wing Cafe. Cornelius: Ass Clown Brewing. Durham: Durty Bull, Full Steam Brewery, Growler Grlz. Fairview: Brewski’s, Joint Next Door, Whistle Stop Brewery. Hendersonville: Oklawaha Brewing, Sanctuary Brewing, Triskelion. Hot Springs: Mosaic Gourmet. Lexington: Bull City Ciderworks, Childress Vineyards. Lake Lure: Lured Market and Grill. Lexington: Bull City Ciderworks, Childress Vineyards. Marshall: Good Stuff, MadCo Brewhouse, Main Street Cafe, Marshall Container Company, Sweet Monkey Cafe. Morganton: Fonta Flora Brewery. Murphy: Daily Grind & Wine. Swannanoa: Pisgah Brewery. Sylva: Balsam Falls Brewing, No Name Bar. Waynesville: Firefly Taps & Grill, Mad Anthony’s
...elsewhere. Arizona: the Quarry (Bisbee), Hops on Birch (Flagstaff), Rhythm Room - Official! (Phoenix), Raven Cafe (Prescott), La Cocina (Tucson). Arkansas: Creegan’s Irish Pub (Jonesboro), Midtown Billiards (Little Rock). California: Nate’s Garden Grill, (San Diego), Bocci’s Cellar (Santa Cruz), Jasper O’Farrell’s Pub (Sebastopol), Johnny V’s (San Jose), Redding Grows (Redding), Sweet Springs Saloon (Los Osos). Colorado: Bohemian Biergarten (Boulder), Bang Up to the Elephant (Denver), Ale House (Grand Junction). Florida: Grateful Hammock (Silver Springs), Sliders (Fernandina Beach). Georgia: Jekyll Brewing (Alpharetta), Shenanigan’s (Dahlonega), Terrapin Brewing (Athens). Illinois: Elbo Room (Chicago), Mutiny (Chicago), Walnut Street Winery (Rochester). Indiana: Hunter’s Brewing (Chesterton). Louisiana: Henry Turner Jr’s Listening Room (Baton Rouge), Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (NOLA), SideBar NOLA, Sidney’s Saloon, Mississippi: Johnson’s Station (Picayune), Julep Room (Ocean Springs). Nevada: Boulder Dam Brewing (Boulder City), Double Down Saloon (Las Vegas). Ohio: Listing Loon (Cincinnati). South Carolina: Awendaw Green (Awendaw), The Dinghy (Isle of Palms), the Fat Hen (Charleston), Growler House (Greenville), Palmetto Brewing (Charleston), Sonny’s Brickoven Pizza (Spartanburg). Tennessee: Bloom Cafe, Cascade Draft House, O’Mainnin’s Pub (Bristol), Old Oak Taproom (Greeneville), Acoustic Coffeehouse, Yee-Haw Brewing (Johnson City), Preservation Pub (Knoxville), Buccaneer Lounge (Memphis), Jiggy Ray’s (Elizabethton), Tennessee Brew Works (Nashville). Texas: Adair’s Saloon (Dallas), Hole in the Wall (Austin), Moutons (Leander), Concrete Jungle, Sanchos (San Antonio). Utah: Prohibition (Murray). Virginia: Saude Creek Vineyards (Lanexa)
...other: Blue Plate Special Radio Show – WDVX (Knoxville, TN). Festivals: LIVESTOCK festival (Black Mountain, NC), River+Roots festival (Bristol, TN), Deep Water Soul Festival (Hot Springs, NC), Whippoorwill Festival (Beattyville, KY). Farmers Markets: NC: Asheville Downtown & River Arts District Farmers Markets, Burnsville Farmers Market, Mars Hill Farmers Market, Marshall’s Highland Station; CA: San Diego Ocean Beach Farmer’s Market. Along with several house concerts, parties, open-mics, and street corners.