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May 12, 2010

J Roddy Walston's debut due out July 27

j-roddy walston and the business knows how to rawk.Baltimore rock madmen J Roddy Walston and the Business are all set to release a self-titled debut album July 27 on Fairfax Recordings/Vagrant, the label announced yesterday.

Technically, it's the band's second album ("Hail Mega Boys" came out a few years ago), but their first label release.

The album was recorded at a breakneck pace -- all 10 songs were cut in less than two weeks, using vintage studio equipment and few overdubs ...

One song from "Hail Mega Boys" makes an appearance on the new album: "Used to Did." The others are new, but anchored by Roddy's hammering piano chords and guitarist Billy Gordon's blistering riffage.

I got a sneak peek of the new album, and let me tell you -- it's going to pop a few eardrums. Walston's primal shrieks can peel the paint off walls, and they're in full force here. This is American music down to its deliciously dirty core. The Hold Steady might not be America's best bar band anymore.

Stay tuned, folks.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:36 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Local music


Woah... a comparison to The Hold Steady?

You've got my attention.

Any talk of a CD release party/

I've been keeping up with their FB page. They recorded the new LP out in LA and generated a lot of buzz in Austin when they played there. Looking forward to the new release very much.
Easy on the Hold Steady knock Sam! Although their new LP isn't the same "Bar Band" rock as the last few discs, I would argue they've really grown as musicians. I mean pedal steel on a Steady record??

The Hold Steady is not and never was a bar band.

J. Roddy & the Business wouldn't really qualify as a bar band either.

A bar band is typically the 'house band' at a bar and typically takes a backseat to the booze. True bar bands tend to play a lot of cover songs and don't typically release records at all.

Being a bar band is the bottom of the musical totem pole.

I first found out about J Roddy by seeing them open for The Hold Steady at some Jack Daniels sponsored gig.

Let me tell you, The Business absolutely deserves to be on the same stage.

@Sturmy - Actually, I think that distinction is reserved for wedding bands.

Agree with charlemange - caught these guys when they opened for the Hold Steady, and immediately downloaded Hail Mega Boys from emusic when I got home. I'm excited to hear the new stuff, and definitely can't wait to see them live again.

"Being a bar band is the bottom of the musical totem pole."

heh...John Mayer used to be one of the rotating acts at my bar in Atlanta...guess that proves your point


Guys, nobody loves the Steady more than me. Personally, I don't think of them as a "Bar Band" as much as my favorite act to see live right now. I was just going by what the mainstream press were saying.
I did see this today though:,32068,85121182001_1988898,00.html

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