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December 3, 2009

J-Roddy Walston and the Business signs to Vagrant Records

j-roddy walston and the businessBaltimore rockers J-Roddy Walston and the Business have signed to Farifax/Vagrant Records, drummer Steve Colmus confirmed today.

"[It's] pretty [expletive] rad!," Colmus wrote in an e-mail. "It's all come together really quickly."

Vagrant/Fairfax is a partnership between Fairfax Recordings and Vagrant Records, which signed the hit indie group Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes.

Vagrant is home to some of the biggest names in indie rock, including the Hold Steady and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ...

The four-piece is in Los Angeles at the moment, working on a new album at Sound City Studios. They hope to finish the album, which is still untitled, by the end of the year. It could hit shelves as early as March or April 2010, according to Colmus.

"So our reign as "Baltimore's Best Unsigned Band" was mercifully short!," Colmus wrote. "Thanks for that mention by the way."

J-Roddy Walston and the Business will be back in Baltimore for a New Year's Eve show at The Ottobar. For more information (and tickets), go here.

(Photo by Ryan Thomas)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:58 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Local music


this is great news for Steve and the boys and my ears

That's such awesome news!!! I remember Zach way back in the day before his hair was nearly as long and when they first got started. I'm so proud of them!! Congrats!!

They totally deserve it... awesome news.

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! congrats!!

Steve and the gang, you guys rock. Guess you can say this is an early Christmas present. Congratulations and well deserved!

I've been impressed with everything I've heard from these guys. Congratulations!

i've had my tickets for that show, since early October.

Thanks for the post.

Thanks for the post.

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