What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I read Flannery O'Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find when I was 19, and it changed everything for me. For the first time, I felt at home being from the South. She captured the strangeness, spirituality, and poetry of my life. She was my version of the South presented in an artful voice that destroyed the notion that all things Jeff Foxworthy were the high-art being created below the Mason-Dixon line. It also was the beginning of my love of the short story form.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business celebrate the release of Essential Tremors, their debut disc for Dave Matthews’s ATO Records, at Rams Head Live this Friday. Still the hardest working band in Baltimore, the group takes its southern swagger to new heights on this record, which makes The Black Keys sound lame by comparison. And Walston, a Tennessee native, gets extra credit for being a Flannery O’Connor fan!