J Roddy and Turtles.

Ok, so I don’t usually go on music rants. It’s no secret that I am obsessed with music, lyrics most specifically, but I usually swing the old-fashioned way and just pass good music on to friends here and there. However, I must tell my most recent obsessions. Actually there are two that have recently captured my heart and soul…

1. J Roddy Walston & the Business, J Roddy Walston & the Business

I loved them from the second I heard their name, I mean, what is NOT to love when “the Business” is part of the group name and album title? They have a Southern raw grit sound that you just can’t get anymore, and their lyrics are as hilarious as they are geniusly true. Yes, it’s safe to say I have a major crush on these boys from Baltimore, and while I was sadly not there to see them at Bonnaroo, I hear they were outrageous. Buy the album, immediately fall in love with “Don’t Break the Needle,” “Pig and Pearls,” and “Caroline.” I dare you not to sing at the top of your lungs. Honestly, I have had this album on repeat ever since it was given to me, and I love when friends ride with me and they start to love J Roddy as well. Spreading the love, that’s what I’m doing.

2. Trampled by Turtles, Palomino

Oh man, I cannot say enough about this album. Beware, you might just cry the first one or two times you listen to “Bloodshot Eyes,” but I promise, it’s worth the emotional roller coaster. These guys for real know what they’re doing, and the gamut of feelings you get whilst listening to their bluegrass amazingness is perfect. Each song is hauntingly beautiful, enough to make you want to either grab somebody and kiss them or text your most recent significant other and admit you miss them. After listening to the aforementioned track, listen to “Wait So Long” and tell me that’s not about a prostitute in a small town. Bluegrass at it’s finest. Enough said.

Now here’s the beautiful part for those of you who live in (or close enough to) Nashville. Both bands are playing shows in October, and both at pretty small venues. I could not be more excited! Buy the albums, get your tickets, and prepare to fall in love with good music.


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