J Roddy Walston & The Business
J. Roddy Walston and the Business is a rock band based in Richmond, Virginia. The band was formed in 2002 in Cleveland, Tennessee by J. Roddy Walston (vocals/piano/guitar). The Business now consists of Billy Gordon (lead guitar/vocals), Logan Davis (bass/vocals) and Steve Colmus (drums). The band is known for their energetic live shows and Walston’s pounding style of playing the piano.
Growing up in Cleveland, Tennessee – home of the Church of God, and its affiliated college, Lee University – Walston was steeped in gospel and country music, which he said his relatives referred to as “both kinds of music.” He sang in church and his maternal grandmother, a country artist loosely affiliated with the Grand Old Opry, taught him how to play piano and guitar, and was often dismayed at his attempts to learn rock n’ roll. He lists his influences as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones (especially piano player Ian Stewart, Harry Nilsson, T.Rex and Leon Russell. His sound has been described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis, due to the musical phrasings used and the pounding piano sound.