Saturday, August 06, 2011
Music Recommendation: J Roddy Walston & the Business
About 18-months ago a good friend of mine from New York told me to check out J Roddy Walston and the Business. I wasn't sold because it takes a lot for me to really invest myself in new artists. You see, a few years back when I started the blog, the number of PR people I made contact with exploded. Before I knew it, I had a dozen new records sent to me in my inbox everyday. For a music lover this would appear to be a dream come true but it was more like a nightmare. You see, I heard a lot of music and while I didn't think it was bad, there was very little that truly inspired me. Even less I wanted to tell people about.
Now, my friend from New York, Caroline, I trust implicitly. I'd worked with her on campaigns before and she's wonderful to work with and honest to god loves the artists she promotes. So I took a chance and loved J Roddy. But that wasn't enough, she wanted me to experience the live show. It was religious. J Roddy looks like a lost prophet of rock n' roll who has hitch hiked his way to the concert stage. His boogie stomping piano rock is enlivening and the physical connection they have with the crowd is a rarity these days. Too many shows I go to, I watch the crowd with their arms locked to their sides with barely any physical movement. A J Roddy show is a physical exorcism, it's impossible to not move your body as the music stirs inside of you.
Read my live review of the band over at antiMUSIC HERE.
Read my album review HERE
Buy the album HERE
Visit the band on the web HERE. If you join their mailing list, you get a brand new song to download.