Members: J Roddy Walston (Vocals, piano, guitar), Billy Gordon (guitars, vocals), Logan Davis (bass, vocals), Steve Colmus (drums)
Biography: "For J. Roddy Walston & The Business?who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee?embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit." - From their bio on their official site
"Walston notes that the Southern lifestyle serves as an infinite inspiration for his music. “It’s my experience that Southerners are fully interested in the worlds of philosophy and science and spirituality and nature, but with a take on life that’s softer and slower. The south has a pace that’s based on patience.”" - Also from their official site.
Walston has been quoted saying "I don't play keyboards - I play piano. It's not like you'll tell a guitar player to play keytar."
Major Discography: Hail Mega Boys (2007) J Roddy Walston and the Business (2010) Essential Tremors (2013)
Sounds Like Genre: Rock Similar Artists: (According to Spotify) Shovels & Ropes, Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man, The Revivalists, The Weeks Similar Bonnaroo Artists: I'm gonna go with see the above, because half of them are at Roo this year.
"Don't Break the Needle"
"Take It As It Comes" Live on Conan
"Don't Break the Needle" Live in Colombus, OH
"Boys Can Never Tell" w/Shovels & Rope
Full Performance at The Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Albany, NY (Admission: I had some bias when picking this one, because I live here.)
Physical Reaction/Live Show
You're going to want to sing along, move & groove. The rock & roll is going to just take over your body. You're going to grab your neighbor and sing in each others faces. "If you ain't sweating, you're not doing it right."
J Roddy is energetic and interacts with the crowd. He wants make sure everyone has a good ol' time.
Interesting Fact -On tour, Walston plays a 1970's Yamaha CP-60, an upright piano built for traveling bands that weighs nearly 300 pounds.
Personal Notes They're one of the acts that I am most excited to see. I think that their energy is going to match up well with their Thursday night slot and really help to kick off the weekend. I hope to drink, dance, sing and get sweaty with everyone.
An apology for this being slightly half-assed. I picked today thinking I'd have plenty of time to research since school's over. But life happened and family things came up. Stupid life.
Upcoming Shows: 6/25 - J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Albany, NY) 7/11 - Weird Al (Albany, NY) 7/22 - Modest Mouse (Prospect Park, NYC) 7/24 - Cold War Kids (Clifton Park, NY) 7/26 - The Decemberists (Brewery Ommegang) 7/31 - Primus & Dinosaur Jr. (Brewery Ommegang) 8/15&16 - Brand New (Brewery Ommegang)