Checked my calendar, it’s Wendnesday, so it’s time for Rock ‘N’ Roll.

I was first introduced to J Roddy Walston and The Business from Eachnotesecure a couple months back. I don’t remember the specifics of the conversation, but I think it went something like this, “Hey, I heard this awesome rock band called J Roddy Walston and The Business,” and I replied, “I LOVE AWESOME ROCK N ROLL!”

How awesome you ask? You can make some initial comparisons to other bar rock bands like The Hold Steady or Two Cow Garage, and you could put the three of them on a bill, but you better have an extra keg or five under the bar. The bar rock label works pretty good, however, once you give their debut, Hail Mega Boys, a closer listen, everything from southern rock, folk, rhythm n blues, soul, and plain old rock and roll, finds its way into the mix. That’s cool and all, but what takes them to the level of awesome, is the street-wise, working class attitude that infects each of these numbers. If it’s folk, then its tough folk. If we’re talking rhythm and soul, it’s tough rhythm and soul. And if we’re talking rock n roll, you guessed it, it’s tough.

MP3:J Roddy Walston and The Business – Stop Rip and Roll
MP3:J Roddy Walston and The Business – The Times Are A Stayin’

Hail Mega Boys is out now on Southern Brethren.

J Roddy Walston and The Business