Live Review: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY

As a preview for the release of their upcoming, fourth full-length album Destroyers Of The Soft Life, the Richmond, Virginia southern rock four-piece J. Roddy Walston & The Business brought their heavy jams and raging energy to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY last week.

The band walked on stage to Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do With It, which not only served as the pump up music but a clear hint at J. Roddy’s passionate belting and power vocal inspiration. Marigold – track two from the bands third album Essential Tremors – was the opener and it blasted off the fast-paced, hard rock J. Roddy style to set the attitude for the night. Walston continued the set with Same Days another song from LP3, and after jumped back to their self titled LP2 for Don’t Break The Needle. Both songs showcase Walston’s wailing, animated vocal performance.

Take It As It Comes, fan favorite from LP3, was followed by a brand new song, and preview of Ways, set to feature on the new album. Next up the band broke into a ferocious rendition of I Don’t Want To Hear It from LP2. After a quick gulp from their beers the band continued the set with the brand new single The Wanting which is presenting an almost emo side of J. Roddy Walston’s electic take on his crazed southern folk rock songs. This song was followed by bonus track I’m Goin Out from LP3 which is definitely a hidden gem in the bands repertoire.

The crowd continued to rage through Brave Man’s Death which preceded a preview of Blade Of Truth from the new album. Next they dug back into the LP2 tracklist for Used To Did as well as the next song Don’t Get Old. To close out and finish the set the band launched into the second single You Know Me Better from the upcoming album.

After a few minutes break, J. Roddy Walston & The Business returned to the stage to play a behemoth six song encore set. Digging back to their very first full length record Hail Mega Boys, the band began their encore set with the crowd enticing Times Are A Staying. Next featured a song that Walston admitted the band hadn’t played live in a while, Go Malachi, but they delivered a flawless and exciting piece. After came Caroline and Uh Oh Rock & Roll from LP2. The very last two songs of the night, Sweat Shock and Heavy Bells both from LP3, was a perfect way to leave the crowd wanting more from the upcoming fourth LP Destroyers Of The Soft Life, set for release on September 29th

Scott J. Herman