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J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Southern Rock at the Taft Ballroom

Photo credit: Joey Wharton

Famous for their energetic live shows, J. Roddy Walston and the Business have created a collection of alternative rock 'n' roll songs that bring the nostalgia of Southern rock to 2018. The four-man group ferociously sings about independence and their destiny as people. Their most popular songs, “The Wanting” and “Don’t Break the Needle,” both feature gripping and energetic lyrics and powerful drums and piano.

Starting in Cleveland, Tennessee, J. Roddy Walston and the Business formed in 2002 with J. Roddy Walston on lead vocals, guitar, and piano. “The Business” is composed of Billy Gordon on guitar and vocals, Logan Davis on bass, and drummer Steve Colmus. Since 2007 they’ve released four full-length studio albums and six singles. Their most recent album, Destroyers of the Soft Life, just released in 2017. The band spent two years touring the South, Midwest, and Northeast in a beat-up church van that was profiled in the New York Times. During this time, they appeared at Austin City Limits along with headlining their “Holler and Moan” tour in summer/fall of 2014.

Their most notable trait, however, is the unpredictable live shows the band puts on. One New York City show on a boat ended with the Walston throwing his piano stool into the East River. Similar to Rayland Baxter and Delta Spirit, the Southern rock sound is made unique by their care-free, ironic lyrics; singing about a brave man’s death accompanied with lighthearted piano and guitar, for example. The vocals of Walston seem almost like prayer as he shouts into a microphone with drums, a guitar, and a bass radiating emotion from behind him.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business carry excitement with every song and live performance, giving each concert its own unique experience. Catch the INHAILER team out there dancing along at this can’t-miss show!

When: Thursday, March 29, 8:00 PM

Where: Taft Theatre Ballroom

How much: $19



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