Photos: A Day in the Life of J Roddy Walston and The Business

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Photos: A Day in the Life of J Roddy Walston and The Business

Later this week, J. Roddy Walston and The Business will release their fourth long play, Destroyers of the Soft Life. If the last two records assumed a stein-clashing, joyous revelry, the Baltimore quartet has added a dose of anthemic drive to their soaring song structures and sing-along melodies, as seen in new tracks “You Know Me Better” and “The Wanting.” The group is currently smack in the middle of a supporting tour through the US, and Paste headed down a winding gravel road to cross paths with the band at Iowa’s Codfish Hollow Barnstormers. The venue holds a rustic magic in its pine slats; owner Tiffany Biehl’s mellow dogs saunter around the rural surroundings and cell phones fall out of cellular range, forcing a direct connection between audience and musician. Photographer Sarah Hess shot the group in the farmhouse Biehl’s grandfather was born in, as well as the exuberant performance. J Roddy Walston and The Business play in San Francisco tonight.