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Rock Out with J. Roddy Walston and the Business on Wednesday Night

February 6th, 2018

Finally off the road after touring behind Essential Tremors (stream it below) for two-and-a-half years, raucous blues-rock four-piece J. Roddy Walston and the Business—J. Roddy Walston (vocals, piano and guitar), Billy Gordon (guitar and vocals), Logan Davis (bass and vocals) and Steve Colmus (drums)—had to figure out what came next: “When we got back it was just like, ‘Alright, we gotta really pump the brake here,” Walston told Billboard. “There was no plan. There was no direction. There was nothing. It was just like, ‘Let’s start writing a record.’ Which was really freeing, but also pretty daunting.” So they converted an old grenade factory at home in Richmond, Va., into a studio to focus on writing and recording at their own pace. “Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop,” said Walston to American Songwriter. “If there was any rule on this record, it was, let’s be a part of music right now. I want to be part of living music in this moment.” The result is something a little bit different, but a smashing success nonetheless. Their fourth studio album, Destroyers of the Soft Life (stream it below), came out last September to raves. “They set out to create a massive record, one that would transform their raucous, Southern barroom boogie into anthemic arena rock, brimming with vocal hooks and sporting crystalline production to match,” said Billboard. “Indeed, Destroyers of the Soft Life sounds like an honest album—but it also sounds like a modern album, one that fleshes out the band’s hard-rocking roots with elements of country, soul and straight-up pop.” Not to be outdone, “Walston and company have made another major stride forward in redefining their sound as well as the conventions of what Southern rock is supposed to sound like,” gushed PopMatters. “It serves as a message to the South and to rock music in general that renovation and modernization can lead to something dynamic and beautiful.” And live, J. Roddy Walston and the Business (above, doing “The Wanting” live on Conan) still continue to put on a ripper of a show. See them headline Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday night. Chicago DIY psych five-piece Post Animal open.

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See J. Roddy Walston on 11/2

October 29th, 2013

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business are currently out on the road in support of their terrific new album, Essential Tremors. And fortunately for New York City, that tour brings them to The Bowery Ballroom this Saturday. But unfortunately for those who didn’t act fast enough, the show sold out quickly. However, The House List just so happens to be giving away two tickets. So if you got shut out, but would still like to rock out, try to Grow a Pair of tickets. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (J. Roddy Walston & the Business, 11/2) and a brief message explaining which tune off the new album is your favorite. Eddie Bruiser, who likes to refer to himself as Eddie Bruiser & the Business, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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