Brace Yourself For a Damn Good Time with J-Roddy Walston and the Business

If you haven’t heard of J-Roddy Walston and the Business yet, get ready.  Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee (home of the Church of God), Walston was raised on Gospel and Country, genres that can still be heard in his music today.  It was there that he learned to play the piano by watching his grandmother, who, he admits, didn’t remotely understand it when he married those skills with an extremely energetic and soulful Southern Rock sound.  In 2005, Walston moved to Balitmore, where he picked up his bandmates – drummer Steve Colmus, guitarist Billy Gordon, 31, and bassist Logan Davis.  The band released a self-titled album in 2010, which includes my favorite tune (see below) “Don’t Break the Needle”.  They’ve recently signed to ATO Records, announced a massive tour (see below for dates) and are working on a new album.  Expect to see a lot more from these guys, and go see them live – you won’t regret it.

“Don’t Break the Needle”

Tour Dates
Aug 10 Brew Skies Festival // Davis, WV
Aug 11 Rockabilly Rumble// Wilmington, DE
Aug 24 CD 102.5 Summerfest // Columbus, OH
Sep 05 Beachland Ballroom and Tavern // Cleveland, OH
Sep 06 Deluxe // Indianapolis, IN
Sep 07 LouFest // St Louis, MO
Sep 09 7th Street Entry // Minneapolis, MN
Sep 10 Club Girabaldis // Milwaukee, WI
Sep 11 High Noon Saloon // Madison, WI
Sep 12 Double Door // Chicago, IL
Sep 14 Ohio River Throwdown w/ Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Rides, JJ Grey & MofroCincinnati, OH
Sep 20 Ram’s Head Live // Baltimore, MD
Sep 24 Club Cafe // Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 25 WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Series // Louisville, KY
Sep 28 Czar Bar // Kansas City, MO
Sep 30 Hi-Dive // Denver, COOct 01The State Room // Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 03 Mississippi Studios // Portland, OR
Oct 05 Biltmore Cabaret // Vancouver, Canada
Oct 07 Tractor Tavern // Seattle, WA
Oct 10 The Indipendent // San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 Troubadour // Los Angeles, CA
Oct 12 SLO Brewing Company // San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 13 Soda Bar// San Diego, CA
Oct 15 Crescent Ballroom // Phoenix, AZ
Oct 18 Stubb’s Jr. // Austin, TX
Oct 19 INDEX Festival // Dallas, TX
Oct 21 One Eyed Jacks // New Orleans, LA
Oct 23 Bottle Tree // Birmingham, AL
Oct 24 Terminal West // Atlanta, GA
Oct 25 Georgia Theatre // Athens, GA
Oct 26 Exit Inn // Nashville, TN
Oct 28 The Pour House // Charleston, SC
Oct 29 Kings Barcade // Raleigh, NC
Oct 31 Strange Matter // Richmond, VA
Nov 02 Bowery Ballroom // New York, NY
Nov 04 Great Scotts // Allston, MA
Nov 06 Theatre of Living Arts // Philadelphia, PA
Nov 07 9:30 Club // Washington, DC

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