Artist Spotlight: J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Besides our inherent desire for rebellion and the general sexiness of it all, there’s always been one consistent factor keeping rock music alive: It’s really, really fun. No one understands this better than J. Roddy Walston and the Business, a rowdy bunch of dudes from Baltimore by way of Tennessee.


When they realized how many other bands were just imitating current trendsetters, they decided there was no other option but to do things their own way. The best example is J. Roddy’s refusal to use a keyboard onstage, opting for a real piano the band hauls from show to show. (“It’s not like you’ll tell a guitar player to play a keytar!”). Their love for the piano runs so deep, they spent a whole day going to almost all of the public pianos in Manhattan to play for (and sometimes with) whoever was watching.


But whether they’re on the streets of New York or lighting up dives across the country, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are always playing somewhere. Recent performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and countless other festivals have given them a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting live bands on the road right now. They go all-in every night, delivering nonstop rock with no setlist to hold them back. CultureMap Austin compared their ACL set to “being shoved into a roadhouse, force-fed a shot of whiskey and told to fight the nearest guy to the jukebox,” which might be exactly what we all need right now…

J. Roddy Walston and the Business will be opening the Bud Light stage on Saturday, the perfect way to kick off your LouFest weekend. Until then, enjoy a free download of “Heavy Bells,” the raucous first single from their upcoming album, Essential Tremors.