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July 12, 2010

Win tickets to J-Roddy Walston & The Business' CD release show at The Ottobar

j-roddy walston and the business!Seminal Baltimore rockers J-Roddy Walston and the Business are throwing a CD release party for their major label debut at The Ottobar July 31.

It's going to be a killer show, and you can be there for it -- for free. Tommy Tucker and Beard are opening. This is one you don't want to miss.

Just post a comment below (make sure to include your e-mail address) with a comment about why you like the band.

J-Roddy Walston's new label, Fairfax/Vagrant, has been kind enough to give us a few pairs. The best comments win. I'll announce the winners on Friday.

Good luck, everybody!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:55 AM | | Comments (29)


THIS is the band that's going to go out there and bring back some international fame for the local music scene. Doctor Dog, Good Old War and Jukebox the Ghost wish they were this band.

I like J. Roddy Walston & the Business because they put the rod in giving someone the business.

Thank you. Remember the 9:30 show is completely different from the 7:30 show. Enjoy your meal.

J Roddy Walston and the Business are single handily saving the Baltimore music scene and rock n roll in general. It's amazing to see a group of guys work their way from local clubs to a national following.

Rock n Roll means well and so do these guys.

Thsi band is awesome, gonna bring some recognition to the Baltimore music scene for sure.

J Roddy Walston and the Business are awesome and put on one hell of a rock and roll show. However, the bassist makes me slightly uncomfortable, as I occasionally feel as if I am being sexaully assaulted from across the room...but sort of in a good way

J Roddy put on a fantastically energetic live show when I saw them open for the Drive By Truckers last year during the Jeam Beam tour. They seem to have just the right balance of raw energy and refinement in their sound.

However, my absolute favorite part of the show is the bassist (Logan Davis). He is the perfect combination of Randy Johnson (former MLB pitcher) meets Amber Alert!!! I mean that in the most endearing way possible.

I believe in J Roddy Walston and the Business. And, Steve always smells like he's fresh out of the dryer, which is impressive in light of his perspiration levels.

J Roddy are the single best thing to happen to the Baltimore music scene, in as long as i can remember. Animal Collective? Nope. Dan Deacon? Yeah right. Wye Oak? GTFO. There has never been a band that i've seen, and i've seen them 8 times to date, that can match the raw energy, and passion of when they play. If you're not moving to the songs, you're probably a paraplegic.

J Roddy makes Andrew W.K. look like he performs while on Valium.

Aside from rocking out non-stop, i've met each of the members individually, and they all couldn't be nicer guys. Case in point, I played hooky from work to go up to see them on a Friday in Harrisburg, PA. They had just been touring all over the tri-state area, and Steve Colmus, the drummer, had his head down on the merch table, but as soon as we came over, he livened right up, and talked to us for about 20 min., and was surprised that me and my friends would actually drive 2 hours just to see them.

I would've gladly driven 10. J Roddy fills a hole in my music life, like no others can.

who doesn't love piano rock and metal bassists?

I love the Business, Oi Oi Oi Skinheads! I have not heard of J Roddy though, is he new to the group?

jwhy do i love j roddy? cause i love to swing my sweaty hair round my head while jumping up and down... all while swilling copious whiskey drinks! hells yeah.

I saw J Roddy open up for the Jack Daniel's Hold Steady show last spring and I couldn't get enough. They are a live act not to be missed and is making great waves for the Baltimore music scene.

How can you not like a band as bad ass as J-Roddy?! Ever since I first heard them, I have forced their music upon all I have come in contact with. From the awesome headbanging to the jumping off the piano, this band has more energy than the crowd anytime they play!

J. Roddy and the Biz was the first band I ever saw in Baltimore when I moved here over five years ago. I consider myself a huge fan and have followed their progress all the way from the old rotted floor of the dilapidated Talking Head to the Bowery Ballroom in New York City! Can't wait to see them again on the 31st.

I have seen alot of bands from baltimore since I've moved here in 02 and J Roddy and the business is the best by far. I have seen them 10 times, in three different states and every show is just as great as the last one. J Roddy and the Business opened a few of those showsand I felt so bad for the headliners. Who can follow the pure, in the face Rock'n'Roll that they roll out for every show? No one!

i love their hard rockin energy and the way he assaults that piano! they put the rock in rock n roll!

J Rod, no matter how many times I get drunk and yell for it, hell, SCREAM for it, Billy never takes his shirt off. But Zach does. With each show there is another chance that Billy might take it off, and for this, I keep on listening, keep on paying cover, and continue dancing like it's all about to end.

If I didn't know this band, I wouldn't really know what rock and roll really is. Oh, and they're nice people too. That's right, I knew them when.


I like J Roddy because they are THE ONE Baltimore band who didn't forget that "Rock" and "Roll" were once married. And though they got divorced at some point in the late 70's when Rock went solo and Roll got re-married to RnB, they had some GREAT times together. When Rock had Roll and vice versa, booties always shook, and life was never better. Thanks to J Roddy, there's always a second chance for love.

it's refreshing to hear heart-stirring music and know it's a reflection of the character of the men making the music. rod is as amazing off stage as he is on, if not more. and logan, what can you say when you've seen the guy grow up? nothing but good job brenda, good job; and he's a total upgrade from the original bassist - yeah, i said it. and steve and billy, they're awesome by association.

I already bought my ticket to this, but just FYI-- what I like to say by way of explaining my admiration is that: J Roddy Walston & The Business makes my rock and roll dreams come true.
And I hope when the show starts J Roddy asks us if we are ready to dance and get sweaty.... because I am... I'm ready!

Artscape 2007. The schedule showed a rock group called J Roddy Walston and the Business in midafternoon in the Mt. Royal median. Why not? Collective jawdrop. Honky tonk keys, slash & burn guitar, a little Americana, a little rockabilly, breath-taking energy, HARMONIES?, all blended into a unique sound that produced what we in the Arts strive for: Magic.

This band has that "umf" that makes them stick out in a sea of bland wanna-be's. Their off-the-charts energy sets off a show the crowd cannot get enough of. This piano-driven band with their guitar spittin and drum bashing is like no other. Their shows amp the crowd up for the night of their lives and you can't help but dance like a nut when they start Rock and Roll The Second. I too am ready to dance and get sweaty!

Two words: freakin fantastic! Baltimore's primo local band if you ask me. I've had the pleasure of seeing them a handful of times thus far (even followed them to a show in PA). They always put on a stupendous show. Never been to a bad one when it comes to J Roddy. I can't get enough of them!

Spacewolf likes the rock of J. Roddy and once met the bass player at Andy Nelson's.

Just read the article about these guys in The Sun. They rip it! Downloaded everything I could. I gotta be at the CD Release Show next weekend. If nothing else, I think it's a fair reason to skip a big family party, right?

J roddy is the first local band I heard on the radio 4 years ago when I moved here. Rock and Roll the 1st blew me away. Then I saw their live show; They rage like no other. They exude pure Rock!

I love J Roddy Walston and the Business because they made rock and roll give me a [ahem] again. I also love them because they've slept in my basement and played xbox with me when I had to sleep in a recliner after having chest surgery. (true story, email for details)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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