In close proximity to both an InnTown Suites and parking lot whiffle ball scrums there is Soil of the South music studio, tucked away unassumingly in the town of Valdosta, Georgia. Between meals of home cooked lasagna and restless nights on thin, spring-popped mattresses J. Roddy Walston & the Business was the first band ever to settle in there last March to record their new album. We are thrilled to announce Essential Tremors coming out on September 10th via ATO Records.
No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.
Essential Tremors, the band’s third release, is the most far-ranging and eclectic album in the band’s history. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasized by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavor and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendor. J. Roddy’s arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic. Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances has helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.
Joined by born and bred Valdostan Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys’ Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit), J. Roddy and co. manifested eleven immersive and relentless tracks that now comprise their third album Essential Tremors. From the explosive raw power of “Heavy Bells” to the hymnal reverberations of “Sweat Shock” to the contemplative, soulful call of “Boys Can Never Tell”, Essential Tremors demonstrates the band’s growth into becoming one of the forerunners in rock ‘n roll today.
Long time road warriors, the band has toured with the likes of Deer Tick and The Hold Steady and is fresh off a set of dates with The Lumineers. You can learn more about their upcoming shows and get a sneak peek of Essential Tremors HERE.
1. Heavy Bells
3. Take It As It Comes
4. Black Light
5. Sweat Shock
6. Nobody Knows
7. Hard Times
8. Boys Can Never Tell
9. Same Days
10. Tear Jerk
11. Midnight Cry