An inspired teamup of two of our favorite touring acts, Virginia southern rockers J Roddy Walston and the Business and Louisville folk-infused indie rockers Murder By Death, both acts no strangers to Music City, are bringing their co-headlining tour to Cannery Ballroom tonight, Feb. 7! With former Nashvillian and beloved alt country troubadour Jonny Fritz tapped to support, this is a stacked lineup of familiar, excellent performers who, altogether, make for one of the coolest shows of the winter. Tickets are still available right here, and we encourage you to snag ’em while they last, then read on for more about the show!
J RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS
Southern rock act J Roddy Walston and the Business formed originally more than 15 years ago in Cleveland, Tenn., before relocating to Baltimore where they really cultivated their sound (and, more recently, Richmond, VA, where they now call home). Since 2007 debut LP Hail Mega Boys first brought them national attention, the band, led by the titular J. Roddy Walston, have released three more well-received records, most recently 2017’s buzzy Destroyers of the Soft Life, and have become a prominent touring and festival fixture, frequently sharing the stage with big-name acts. With the ability to inject Americana into a hip, rootsy, Southern flair, the rockers are a seasoned, dynamic band best experienced live.
MURDER BY DEATH
Murder By Death are just as known for their noirish slant on punk, western, folk, and pub songs as they are for their relentlessly DIY ethos. The band are currently on the road in support of their seventh album, The Other Shore (released last year via Bloodshot Records), which continues their tradition of literary, genre-bending songwriting, and once again saw the group take to Kickstarter to crowfund its creation. The band skirt new sonic territory in this release, flirting with new instruments and stylistic ranges, but signatures such as vocalist Adam Turla’s baritone and Sara Balliet’s cello contributions remain firmly rooted. As total road dogs, Murder By Death make it to Music City at a regular clip, but each and every time their show is energetic, expansive, and unrivaled.
A one-time Nashvillain, though now based in Los Angeles, Jonny Fritz began his career under the moniker Jonny Corndawg, before a name change and an inspired honing of his sound helped the alt country singer break out to a bigger audience with ATO Records backed, earnest and heartsick 2013 third LP Dad Country. Born in Montana and raised in Virginia, Fritz spent years bouncing around before incubating his career in Nashville, brushing shoulders and earning fans and collaborators in names like Jim James and Dawes, and frequently working with Music City staples like Joshua Hedley. With the success of Dad Country, Fritz saw his stock rise, and spent several years hopping around the globe to draw inspiration for his excellent followup and most recent effort, 2016’s happier and more seasoned Sweet Creep. It’s been a little while since we last saw Jonny make it home to Nashville, so his inclusion on this lineup is particularly exiting, and a great reason to be punctual!
J Roddy Walston and the Business, Murder By Death, and Jonny Fritz will perform tonight, Feb. 7 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.