J. Roddy Walston and the Business – J. Roddy Walston and the Business

January 01, 1970





J. Roddy and his crew clearly stopped
listening to music sometime around the late ‘70s and that’s a beautiful thing. The
Baltimore – by way of Tennessee – group mixes Jerry Lee Lewis
Boogie Woogie piano, with Beach Boy harmonies and lead vocals that owe just as
much to cigarettes and whiskey as they do to Classic Rock. The band’s second
full length, includes a few reworked holdovers from earlier efforts (“Used to
Did,” “Don’t Get Old,” and “Break the Needle” ), but all is forgiven seeing as
how their self-released EP and full length never really got the massive
attention this band clearly deserves.   


J. Roddy Walston and the Business sound
nothing like the joyless sonic mumblings that’s been passing itself off as
Indie rock these past few years, but rather reveals in Southern rock guitar
solos, thundering drum beats, and sing-along choruses made for packed, sweaty
clubs and car radios everywhere.  


If Tom Petty or Springsteen are interested in
taking a few years off, J. Roddy and the boys can certainly pick up the slack
for awhile.


DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Break the Needle,” and “Brave Man’s Death”     JOHN B. MOORE



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