J. Roddy Walston and The Business

j roddy walston is not soft like someone born into privilege, but he does bear the hesitant scars of a man who fought his way out of a pedigree.
yoked from day one to a musical lineage that included "both kinds of music – country and gospel."

he was told with regularity that it was close to sin to play either for any reason but God and Family.
and that when the city comes courting with contracts and such he was expected to follow tradition…and walk away.

"a weight is kindly put upon you with a heritage, and a choice comes to you in time, at that point you can just become an extension or you can get born and grow legs of you own."

it is a stranger south that j roddy walston lived in, a place where radio gave equal ear to classic rock, hell-fire evangelists, and the elephant six.
powered and inspired by this mixture of art, spirit, and temptation he left home, in as much an attempt to bring his kin due credit as to rebel against the very things they had stood for.

he followed a girl north enough, and landed in baltimore with a low budget sense of manifest destiny and a handful of high dollar songs.

an undecided magnet started to draw to him a group of players. first came the challenge and compliment of billy gordon a musical mirror-image of j roddy and then steve colmus a sportly southpaw with a heavy snare hand. in them raw power met story and neither would compromise.

they felt a city squeeze. they formed an intangible thumb, and they them turned into a fist.
knowing good and well that you can predict a purebred, j roddy walston and the business opted to create a monster of the unknown, they threw what seed and egg they had into an american grab bag and hit the road. bending highways and rearranging maps to their fancy, making a different america for itself.
vision casting a strange view of the states to all who would listen, their agenda seems to be some sort of anti-secession, a growing over, rather than a breaking away.

Rock-quartet Taddy Porter sprouted their blues-steeped roots and crunchy classic rock foundation in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with branches that have begun to stretch far beyond their native territory. Since October 2007, Andy Brewer (lead vocals / guitar), Joe Selby (lead guitar / backing vocals), Doug Jones (drums) and Kevin Jones (bass) have been collaborating to create timeless, undeniable songs that have found fans across the country.

The band formed through a series of unplanned events, fateful, chance meetings and familial ties. Doug and Andy, the forefathers of Taddy Porter, met at a party through a mutual friend and found an instant spark and likeminded philosophy. Originally conceived as a two-piece, Doug's brother Kevin joined the duo shortly thereafter, quickly proving himself to be more than a nepotistic addition. Andy's guitar teacher, Joe, was invited to check out the band and immediately fell in with the burgeoning band's style, rounding out the Southern rock sound.

As opposed to pursuing the predictable major label path, but still imbued with the ideals of the rock star dream, playing THEIR music for the masses, Taddy Porter has found believers in Primary Wave Music, who's CEO Larry Mestel shared, "Simply stated, we love this band. While we have purposely stayed out of the record business for the past three years, Taddy Porter's music and live performances are so compelling, we knew we had to do both recording & publishing deals with the band." The band rapidly put finishing touches on their self-titled debut album, produced by multiple Grammy winner Skidd Mills.

Released on June 29, 2010, Taddy Porter is filled with tracks that are reminiscent of the qualities that made classic rock thrive in its first incarnation. Lead single "Shake Me" is an energy packed anthem that according to Andy, "Once people know the words, all you gotta do is dance." The track "Long Slow Drag" is a big ballad that Doug shares, "Lyrically, everyone can relate to it. We have all had to leave someone at some point in time, and this is about enjoying the time you have." The song "Big Enough" as Doug offers, "…is like medicine. Love has its ups and downs, so if you think you can handle it saddle up and let's try. I like this song because it just flat out says what most people are thinking. Don't waste my time, and if you think you can handle me then I am willing to give it a try." Joe adds, "It is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It has a weird time signature in the intro, 11/8 for all of you keeping score. The first line of the chorus is 'Let's try love,' which pretty much sums up our message as a band."

With the world at their fingertips, and dreams within their grasp, the four band members are unbelievably grounded. In discussing their thoughts and goals for the future, the band stays humble in asserting their joy in simply sharing their music with their fans. Doug admits, "Playing music is why we started doing it in the first place. Having someone appreciate what you have worked hard towards is amazing. We love going to the merch booth after the shows, and meeting the people that keep us on the road. Playing live doesn't require a lawyer or any other facet of the business side of being in a band. You can just let loose and do what got you there in the first place." Joe ascertains, "I've always said that if I get to board a plane and travel the world with my guitar, then I have made it. Entertaining people along the way is everything." Taddy Porter has had multiple opportunities to mingle with fans and wow them with their musical prowess, touring all over the United States with artists such as Slash, Finger Eleven and Saving Abel.

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Friday, September 6 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Old National Centre