Review: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – J. Roddy Walston & The Business

For my first post, I’m offering up a review I wrote a few months ago about my favorite new album of 2012….except the album was actually released in 2010. I missed it at the time so I’m simply pretending it’s a new release.

As an aside, it’s surprisingly easy to overlook killer albums only to discover them years, sometimes decades, later. It’s just impossible to keep up with everything no matter how diligent you may be. So be prepared for that.

On with the show…

As Peter, Paul & Mary once sang, “I dig rock ‘n’ roll music.” And I know you do, too. PPM know where it’s at (as do McGuinn and McGuire, but that’s a different reference entirely) and so should you. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Who are they? An old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll band like they used to make ‘em back in the day, built out of beer and sweat, three chords, a piano, and the truth. What else do we know about them? They originally hail from Tennessee but now work out of Baltimore. Other than that, I have no clue. They could be Muppet-worshiping Zoroastrians for all I know. And what do they sound like? If you cut up little pieces of The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, T. Rex, The Faces, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes and Little Richard, and then threw all those pieces up in the air and rearranged them back together as a band, you would get J. Roddy Walston & The Business.  It’s the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational… get the picture? (yes, we see)

A final thought: when faced with the question, “What do you wanna do with your life?” those irascible scamps from Twisted Sister responded emphatically, “I wanna ROCK!” And so they did, and so should you.

J Roddy Walston And The Business – Don’t Break The Needle

J Roddy Walston And The Business – Full Growing Man

J Roddy Walston And The Business – I Don’t Wanna Hear It

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