The hard-rocking band was described by Honest Tune’s Tim Newby this way:
“ExplodingÂ in a tangle of hair and boozy, rowdy rock was J. Roddy Walston and the Business, who seemed to recall the loose, uninhibited raucous, bluesy-racket of early Black Crowes. The four-piece, originally from Tennessee but now based in Baltimore, is led by pianist/singer Walston, who attacks his piano like it owes him money, wresting Jerry Lee Lewis inspired riffs from the soul of his battered instrument and delivering each line with a devilish sneer.Â A relentlessly touring band with a road warrior mentality, their music would seem to be best enjoyed in a dimly light bar that reeks of stale beer and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll.”
The band have signed to ATO Records and will be recording their third studio album to be released Summer 2013. They will be recording at Soil Of The South Studios in Georgia with Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys’ Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit).
J Roddy Walston and The Business will play dates in the US starting in Lexington, Kentucky on April 24 through Birmingham, Alabama on May 3. The band will be doing fan club ticketing through Front Gate for the non-festival shows are on sale now at: http://jroddy.frontgatetickets.com/.
4/24 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
4/25 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
4/26 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack
4/27 – Oxford, MS – Double Decker Festival
4/29 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
4/30 – Cincinnati, OH – The Ballroom at The Taft
5/01 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
5/02 – Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
5/03 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
5/04 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
5/06 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
5/07 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theater