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Drive-By Truckers to resissue ‘Alabama Ass Whuppin” in September

ATO Records will reissue the Drive-By Truckers’ Alabama Ass Whuppin’ on September 10, 2013. Alabama Ass Whuppin’ is the band’s third album. Originally released in 2000, the record has been out of print for years. The album has been re-mastered and includes updated artwork by Wes Freed. This will also be the first time the album has been available on vinyl.

Alabama Ass Whuppin’ documents a specific time for the band. Recorded from March 1999 through August of 2000 in clubs across the southeast including Tasty Word, The High Hat, The Star Bar, The Caledonia Lounge and the 40 Watt.

“This was our third album and the connecting thread between our earlier work and the band that we went on to become later. It’s a documentation of a period in time that I wouldn’t go back to for all the money in the world, but I’m proud of the shows that we played and the songs that we wrote, “ says Patterson Hood.

The band is currently in the studio in Athens, GA recording their 12th record. ATO Records will release the record early 2014.


Track Listing

1.  Why Henry Drinks

2.  Lookout Mountain

3.  The Living Bubba

4.  Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)

5.  Don’t Be in Love Without Me

6.  18 Wheels of Love

7.  The Avon Lady

8.  Margo and Harold

9.  (Alabama Ass Whuppin’) Banter

10.   Buttholeville

11.   People Who Died

12.   Love Like This

J. Roddy Walston & the Business prep ‘Essential Tremors’ for September release

In close proximity to both an InnTown Suites and parking lot whiffle ball scrums there is Soil of the South music studio, tucked away unassumingly in the town of Valdosta, Georgia. Between meals of home cooked lasagna and restless nights on thin, spring-popped mattresses J. Roddy Walston & the Business was the first band ever to settle in there last March to record their new album. We are thrilled to announce Essential Tremors coming out on September 10th via ATO Records.

No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.

Essential Tremors, the band’s third release, is the most far-ranging and eclectic album in the band’s history. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasized by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavor and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendor. J. Roddy’s arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic.  Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances has helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.

Joined by born and bred Valdostan Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys’ Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit), J. Roddy and co. manifested eleven immersive and relentless tracks that now comprise their third album Essential Tremors. From the explosive raw power of “Heavy Bells” to the hymnal reverberations of “Sweat Shock” to the contemplative, soulful call of “Boys Can Never Tell”, Essential Tremors demonstrates the band’s growth into becoming one of the forerunners in rock ‘n roll today.

Long time road warriors, the band has toured with the likes of Deer Tick and The Hold Steady and is fresh off a set of dates with The Lumineers.

Track listing:
1. Heavy Bells
2. Marigold
3. Take It As It Comes
4. Black Light
5. Sweat Shock
6. Nobody Knows
7. Hard Times
8. Boys Can Never Tell
9. Same Days
10. Tear Jerk
11. Midnight Cry

Caitlin Rose : The Stand-In

Caitlin Rose - The Stand In

The promise shown on Caitlin Rose’s first album shines brightly on her sophomore release, The Stand-In. In these days of sterilized, commercial pop coming out of Nashville, Rose follows in the spirit and sound of singers who came before, like Loretta Lynn, Patti Page and the great Patsy Cline. This is a woman who uses her voice like an instrument, and she uses it perfectly on these songs of love lost and found.

The Stand-In flows along with catchy numbers that will have you humming the choruses for days. From the first track, “No One to Call,” through songs like “Waitin’,” “Dallas,” and “Pink Champagne,” Rose proves that 2013 is shaping up to be a year of great albums from female artists. “Only A Clown” builds with sweeping guitars and pedal steel that captures the heart and soul of a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

Given time and support from her label, ATO Records, Caitlin Rose stands a chance of one day being as big a name in country music as Faith Hill and Kelly Clarkson.

The Stand-In Is out now on ATO Records.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business tour dates

J. RoddyJ. Roddy Walston and the Business have announced spring tour dates.  The handful of dates will come before the band heads into the studio to start work on their new album.


The hard-rocking band was described by Honest Tune’s Tim Newby this way:

“Exploding in a tangle of hair and boozy, rowdy rock was J. Roddy Walston and the Business, who seemed to recall the loose, uninhibited raucous, bluesy-racket of early Black Crowes. The four-piece, originally from Tennessee but now based in Baltimore, is led by pianist/singer Walston, who attacks his piano like it owes him money, wresting Jerry Lee Lewis inspired riffs from the soul of his battered instrument and delivering each line with a devilish sneer.  A relentlessly touring band with a road warrior mentality, their music would seem to be best enjoyed in a dimly light bar that reeks of stale beer and rock ‘n’ roll.”


The band have signed to ATO Records and will be recording their third studio album to be released Summer 2013. They will be recording at Soil Of The South Studios in Georgia with Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys’ Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit).

J Roddy Walston and The Business will play dates in the US starting in Lexington, Kentucky on April 24 through Birmingham, Alabama on May 3. The band will be doing fan club ticketing through Front Gate for the non-festival shows are on sale now at: http://jroddy.frontgatetickets.com/.


Tour dates:

4/24 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
4/25 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
4/26 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack
4/27 – Oxford, MS – Double Decker Festival
4/29 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
4/30 – Cincinnati, OH – The Ballroom at The Taft
5/01 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
5/02 – Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
5/03 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
5/04 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
5/06 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
5/07 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theater