by Robert Bell
J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business probably don't need much introduction for the discerning fan of goodtime rock 'n' roll living in Central Arkansas. Dudes have played here multiple times over the last six years or so.
But if you still haven't heard them yet, I'd give it a go. J. Rod himself is the main-man of the band, tickling the ivories and strumming the guit-box. They make a kind of Southern rock/power pop hybrid that's pure, beer-swilling recreation music. This is not the band that you're gonna put on so you can sit around your bedroom in the dark wallering in self-pity and overanalyzing all the places your life went off track and who's done you wrongly.
I was going tell you they're kind of a hybrid of Thin Lizzy energy and Skynyrd-y swagger. Then I looked back in our archives and Times Editor Lindsey Millar has already pretty much said the same thing: "Think Thin Lizzy channeling Jerry Lee Lewis." So there's that. They just signed to ATO Records and have recently been recording down in Georgia, so some newer songs will probably be on tap.
Also on the bill at this 18-and-older show is the very, very good Nashville rocker Pujol. He's been through town a couple times as well and has a crackerjack album out, "The United States of Being."