J. Roddy Walston & The Business ©KLRU/Austin City Limits photo by Scott Newton

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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Hailing from the small town of Cleveland, Tennessee, but based in Baltimore, J. Roddy Walston & the Business presents a classic Souther rock style with anthems for screaming crowds. The band makes their Austin City Limits debut showing off their third album Essential Tremors.

The band united in 2002 and released a string of three EPs until 2007 when the first full-length album Hail Mega Boys debuted. “Conventional wisdom holds that rock and roll will never die,” wrote PopMatters. “It’s the fist-pumping, ass-shaking, lighter-raising efforts of bands like J. Roddy Walston & the Business that ensure that axiom remains true.”

After years of touring, giving fans wild, animalistic performances, the band has become a national phenomenon. Spin said their following is “thanks to a riotous live show full of fleet-fingered piano trills, yowled choruses, soul, sweat, and the headbanging [guitarist Billy] Gordon’s bluesy solos.”

Walston takes pride in a songwriting style that speaks to the slow yet contemplative Southern way of life. “It seems like most bands write for either the animal side of people or for the side that’s more in tune with the spirit or even just the psyche, but we tend to just smash all those things together,” says Walston.

Their newest album remains true to this philosophy with cerebral lyrics and relentless heavy rocking. “The record is packed with the band’s trademark riotous, ragged rock, always accented by Walston’s thundering piano and strking vocals,” Rolling Stone said.

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