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  • J Roddy Walston & The Business J Roddy Walston & The Business Quick View

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    J Roddy Walston & The Business

    Not too many bands would move to Baltimore, MD in search of their big break -- as the city's most famous citizen, John Waters, once put it, No one moves here -- and fewer still would consider making the jump to Charm City from Chattanooga, TN. But J. Roddy Walston and the Business are clearly not your average rock & roll band, and after listening to their self-titled second album (and first for Vagrant Records), this trajectory actually makes some sense. The band's music suggests a meeting of the minds between the Deep South and the East Coast -- Walston's raw, twangy vocals and rollicking piano style and Billy C. Gordon's thick guitar lines cut with sharp interjections of slide, could both come straight from a Tennessee roadhouse, but the heavy stomp of Logan Davis' bass and Steve Colmus' drums is all-beef, no-filler hard rock stomp, the stuff of guys who've spent half their life trying to perfect Led Zeppelin's glorious thud and are within spitting distance of catching it. Put these two sides together, have them spend a few hundred nights playing bars where they struggle to be heard over flying beer bottles and shouts for more bourbon, and you could get something a lot like J. Roddy Walston and the Business.


    These ten songs have swagger to spare, but there's little in the way of crowd-pleasing gestures; this band is here to rock but you have to take or leave them on their own terms, and the material is strong enough that plenty of listeners are likely to climb aboard for the ride. Whether they're living on the edge in Brave Man's Death, sharing tales of unsatisfying lovers in Pigs and Pearls, or mixing risky metaphors in Don't Break the Needle, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are a real-deal, roots-conscious hard rock band in an era when such things are believed to have gone the way of the 8-track tape. Picture a band that captures the lean and glorious Southern arrogance of the early Black Crowes and the FTW attitude of Appetite for Destruction-era Guns N' Roses -- all without obviously lifting licks from either act -- and you get one enjoyably butt-kicking surprise of an album.


    - Mark Deming (All Music Guide)

    1. Don't Break The Needle
    2. Full Growing Man
    3. Used To Did
    4. Pies N' Pearls
    5. Brave Man's Death
    6. Don't Get Old
    7. I Don't Wanna Hear It
    8. Uh Oh Rock N' Roll
    9. Caroline
    10. Use Your Language
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
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  • Essential Tremors Essential Tremors Quick View

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    Essential Tremors

    No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.


    Essential Tremors, the band's third release, is the most far-ranging and eclectic album in the band's history. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasized by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavor and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendor. J. Roddy's arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic. Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances has helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.


    Joined by born and bred Valdostan Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys' Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit), J. Roddy and co. manifested eleven immersive and relentless tracks that now comprise their third album Essential Tremors. From the explosive raw power of "Heavy Bells" to the hymnal reverberations of "Sweat Shock" to the contemplative, soulful call of "Boys Can Never Tell", Essential Tremors demonstrates the band's growth into becoming one of the forerunners in rock 'n roll today.

    1. Heavy Bells
    2. Marigold
    3. Take It As It Comes
    4. Black Light
    5. Sweat Shock
    6. Nobody Knows
    7. Hard Times
    8. Boys Can Never Tell
    9. Same Days
    10. Tear Jerk
    11. Midnight Cry
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
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  • Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 Quick View

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    Busted Jukebox: Volume 1

    Shovels & Rope's 'Busted Jukebox: Volume 1' is a collaborative effort between critically acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope and their close friends. The ten song collection finds the band covering well known songs or tracks they have written or performed with other artists in the past. Album features collaborations with Shakey Graves, Lucius, J Roddy Walston, Butch Walker and more.
    1. Unknown Legend (Neil Young) w/ Shakey Graves
    2. Bullet Belt (Butch Walker) w/ Butch Walker
    3. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Elvis Costello) w/ Lucius
    4. Patience (Guns N Roses) w / Milk Carton Kids
    5. Boys Can Never Tell (J Roddy Walston & The Business) w/ J Roddy
    6. Nothing Takes The Place Of You (Allen Toussaint) w/ JD McPherson
    7. Last (Nine Inch Nails) w/ Caroline Rose
    8. Strangers (The Kinks) w/ Inlaws
    9. Perfect Day (Lou Reed) w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    10. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (Emmylou Harris) - Shovels & Rope
    Shovels And Rope
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    Hail Mega Boys

    First Time On Vinyl


    Available for the first time on vinyl as the band approaches the historic milestone of performing live on stage together for the thousandth time is the classic debut from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, the band many have come to hail as the Megaboys of Rock'n'Roll. This release has been re-mastered from the original source by the audio wizards at Lord Baltimore Recording Studio.


    Born and raised near Chattanooga, TN, J. Roddy Walston is the only limb left on the once-proud family tree of the Roddy clan. It was in the Smoky Mountain hollers of Tennessee that he was raised on the Music of God and taught to play rock and roll by the hand of the Devil. As a child, his grandmother turned down the Grand Ole Opry to sing only for God and family, while his uncle chose to drink himself to death in the real honky-tonks rather than heed the calls of the Nashville hit-makers that constantly beckoned. After young Roddy watched both punctuate their refusals with the business end of a shotgun, he decided not to let the family die nameless. In as much an attempt to bring due credit to his kin as a desire to rebel against what they stood for, he moved from the shadows and secrets of the South into the spotlight and temptations of the North. Whether by divine appointment or a cocktail devised by the Devil, no one knows, but by the time he reached Baltimore, a vicious band of players had gathered around him. Together, they've been begging rock n' roll to respect its past and teaching old music new tricks. It's as though every time they strike a note goat piss is turning into gasoline...nothing less than a modern rock n' roll miracle.

    I'll Tell You What
    Nineteen Ought Four
    Rock and Roll the Second
    Used to Did
    The Times Are a Staying
    Generic In Love
    Go For It
    Picnics and Kisses
    Sally Bangs
    Mommie Bomb
    Stop Rip and Roll
    Go Malachi
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
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