I first caught J. Roddy Walston & The Business last year, standing in a parking lot on my last day at SxSW. It was 30 degrees in Austin that day, made colder by the Lonestar tallboy in my hand. I only mention the tallboy because it was the last thing I needed on the last day of SxSW. For some reason though, J. Roddy inspired me.
I think you’ll understand when you listen to their music. A co-worker of mine was riding in my car and Roddy was piped through the Toyota factory speakers. It was 11:30 am and he said, “Damn, this music makes me want to find a hole in the wall bar and get drunk. Who is this?” Hell, even their cover art shows someone passed out, fully clothed (thankfully) on top of the bed in very uncomfortable position.
In our review of their selt-titled album from last year, Woody described their sound as “Jerry Lee Lewis fronting a glam-rock band.” It’s a fair description of the sound, but they are unpretentious and carry a Baltimore blue collar attitude that strips them of any glam. They offer up big guitar solos, bang away on the keys, howl in unison, and flat out rock.
Enjoy the session and prepare to get down and dirty. If they stop in your town and you miss them, shame on you. Shame on you.
Video: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – I Don’t Wanna Hear It
Video: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Don’t Break The Needle