Losing his voice, J Roddy Walston turns to the TLA crowd for help


J Roddy Walston & The Business | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

Saturday night the TLA was filled almost to capacity with fans riled to see J Roddy Walston & The Business. The Richmond, VA foursome gathered on the stage to an exuberant amount of clapping and shouting. J Roddy took his place at the grand piano with his long hair in front of his face the majority of the time. At one point he told the audience that he was losing his voice after the long tour and asked them to help sing along.

Despite his illness, J Roddy definitely rocked out the house that night. During the encore he brought fans up to the stage to dance and sing to “Heavy Bells” and then proceeded to crowd surf for a few moments to end the night on a high. Check out photos from the show in the gallery, read the setlist and watch the singalong encore in the video below. Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “Take It As It Comes” by J. Roddy Walston & The Business

jroddywalstonandthebusinessBaltimore rock and rollers J. Roddy Walston & The Business released their recent album, Essential Tremors, last September, and they continue to tour and find friends for their Zeppelin/T Rex-esque brand of rock and roll. They were recently announced as part of this year’s Coachella lineup, and have offered a free Sampler EP from NoiseTrade that includes four songs from Essential Tremors, and one from their 2010 self-titled album. Download it below in exchange for your e-mail address.


Listen to a new J Roddy Walston and The Business song, “Marigold” (playing TLA on November 6)

J Roddy Here’s another new song, “Marigold” from Baltimore rock and rollers J Roddy Walston and the Business, from the band’s forthcoming album, Essential Tremors. The album is out September 10. On “Marigold” the band dig into their inner Zeppelin and T Rex and Thin Lizzy musical DNA for this future classic rock classic. The band plays the TLA on Wednesday, November 6. Go here for tickets. Listen to “Marigold” and download “Heavy Bells” from the forthcoming album below.


J. Roddy Walston And The Business’ residency at the North Star Bar

Baltimore rockers J. Roddy Walston And The Business begin the last two weeks of their month-long Philly residency at the North Star Bar tomorrow night (Thursday, May 5th). We asked J. Roddy to tell us about some of his favorite bands and songs by sending us some videos and some commentary.

1) Little Richard, “Lucille”: Where it all began: Rock, punk, and white people trying to dance to rhythm-based music. Little Richard is the epicenter of everything. Watch the video here.

2) Sam & Dave, “Soothe Me”: It’s said that after this tour, Otis Redding refused to play after “Double Dynamite” ever again, because the crowds were simply exhausted by the time they were through with them. Who can blame him? They’re incendiary on stage, playing off each other like no one that came before them, and egging each other closer to the edge through the show. There’s a DVD that collects a bunch of footage of them in their prime.

3) The Replacements, “Goddamn Job And Junior’s Got A Gun”: The ‘Mats were resolutely themselves, which is why they still sound so fresh almost 30 years later. This would be bracing if it came out tomorrow. They’ve become legendary for their drunken hijinks, but hopefully that won’t permanently obscure how incredible of a band they were. Even in a drunken haze, they were better than just about anyone else.

4) Leon Russell, “A Song for You”: What in the hell’s going on here? Just a intimate glimpse of Leon’s gloriously ragged beauty coursing over one of the All-Time Great Torch Songs…while he models his “Hipster Robin” get-up and some folks make pancakes. Naturally. Leon is a old soul in an old soul’s body.

5) Van Halen, “Unchained”: As “dumb” as they might seem, all their best singles feel like four-minute raging house parties that are still going on to this day. It’s a much harder feat then it seems. (See: Van Hagar)

J. Roddy Walston And The Business performs with Toy Soldiers and The Features at the North Star Bar Thursday, May 5th, and with These United States and T.J. Kong And The Atomic Bomb Thursday, May 12th; tickets to the 21+ shows are $10.