With over 60 years of combined experience in musical study ranging from reggae, funk, jazz, blues, hip hop, R&B, and house, it is difficult to determine which way the Black Bottom Lighters will go when they get behind their instruments. Three guitarists, a bassist, two vocalists, a percussionist, and a turntablist form one of the most dynamic sounding groups in the Arizona desert. Built on an acoustic foundation, the BBL’s sound is as difficult to describe as it is to dislike. From mellow unplugged personal performances to wild stage acts as well as a crowd that’s typically on the cusp of out of control, you are sure to have a memory or two when you leave one of their shows.
The Black Bottom Lighters began as a four piece group – 3 guitarists and a vocalist – jamming in a backyard in El Mirage, AZ. With minimal rehearsal, they began to invade various acoustic open mics across the Valley. While winning over crowds and gaining love for their music, BBL started to book larger shows. With the addition of a percussionist, bassist, and turntablist BBL maintained their acoustic roots with a dynamic sound.
The Black Bottom Lighters are currently in the process of recording their debut album while playing shows every weekend. They have been featured on Phoenix’s KWSS 106.7′s “Morning Infidelity” and have become a homegrown hit on their radio station. They have also performed live on the airwaves on 103.7 The Eagle in Flagstaff, AZ. The band is constantly practicing, mastering their unique sound. BBL is a focused group ready to take their talents to the next level.