J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band

J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band

J. Roddy Walston and the Business have crossed my mind a couple of times yesterday. Although they play together for more than ten years, these guys from Cleveland Tennessee were new to me. Somehow I missed J. Roddy and the Business along the musical crossroads. Nevertheless: these guys are a must listen!

J. Roddy Walston And The Business Influences

They play rock ‘n roll with a southern style of soul, probably influenced by the musicians who made fame in Tennessee at Stax and Sun. Here and there you hear also the eighties and nineties rock and punk influence in their songs. A punk blues band. It has been a while since I liked a band that mixes eighties influences with rock ‘n roll, a Stax-sound and Blues feeling. J. Roddy Walston and the Business are able to Honky Tonk, rock and punk at the same time.

Who is J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Why are they so good? I can explain that, but J. Roddy Walston and the Business already wrote it down: J. Roddy and the Business embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit.

Songs J.Roddy And The Business

Photo by: J Roddy Walston and the Business
Photo by: J Roddy Walston and the Business

The mumble-out-loud celebration of being human is hearable in their song Don’t Break The Needle. A fantastic groove song, with great lyrics.

I’ve been a sick, licked for a seven Tiny and red
Hail to the address of your mother in bed
Cause you’re sittin’ on a gold mine Shootin’ up the whole time
Cleanin’ up the refuse from your Last hit and coke lines
I’ve been pullin’ thread
Doin’ all kinds of evil
Know ya hate me baby
But don’t break the needle

Tennessee Rock Band

These guys grew up it religious Tennessee. Home of the  Church of God. In a 2010 interview with Spin.com Walston tells he was steeped in gospel and country music, which he said his relatives referred to as “both kinds of music.” He sang in church and his maternal grandmother, a country artist loosely affiliated with the Grand Old Opry, taught him how to play piano and guitar, and was often dismayed at his attempts to learn rock n’ roll. He lists his influences as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones (especially piano player Ian Stewart), Harry Nilsson, T.Rex and Leon Russell.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business album Essential Tremors

Other songs of these Tennessee Rock ‘n Rollers are Heavy Bells, Take it as it Comes, Brave Man’s Death, I Don’t Wanna Hear and Full Growing Man. In the fall of 2013 they released their third album Essential Tremors.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business – ‘Heavy Bells’

J. Roddy Walston and The Business – “I Don’t Wanna Hear It”

J Roddy Walston and the Business – Don’t Get Old

Full Growing Man – J Roddy Walston and The Business

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