Local musician on national top 40 chart | Arts & Culture
DOWNTOWN (WWBT) - Richmond's hometown Americana rock band, The J.O.B., has scored another hit on the national music scene with their single '1925' placing at #24 this week on the national charts.
The song is from their CD titled '231 (two thirty one)' which is a concept album with each composition based upon various aspects of the legendary tunnel collapse on Locomotive 231 in Richmond in 1925. The song '1925' is a modern Americana rock composition and a departure from traditional Americana style music.
The band's homebase is Jim O'Ferrell's house in Church Hill. Jim is the band's namesake (The Jim O'Ferrell Band aka The J.O.B.) and frontman. He plays acoustic guitar and performs all the vocals for the band. Additionally, he creates the band's melodies and lyrics. O'Ferrell bases many of his song ideas on his life experience, including multiple combat deployments to Iraq as an Infantryman.
All of the music for the band's first album, titled 'Back To The World', was written by O'Ferrell during his spare time while conducting Humvee guntruck patrols in central Iraq.
"We're very excited to see '1925' show up on the chart," he said. "That is one of two songs from the new album that's getting a lot of radio play all over the world right now." Currently, there are 43 radio stations in the US playing the band's music on regular rotation and 58 more stations worldwide spinning music by The J.O.B. The number of radio stations increases every week. The new album, "231 (two thirty one)", debuted on the Canadian music charts at #30 for adult album alternative music in Toronto, Ontario, on July 20, 2010.
Several local music artists have made the leap from Richmond's streetlights into the national spotlight, but very few have scored two songs on the national charts in the same year. "I'm sure it's a short list," mused O'Ferrell. A single, titled 'El Dorado', from their first album 'Back To The World' spent several weeks on the Up & Coming Top 40 list throughout March and April, 2010.
"We're working on new music right now. While this song (1925) is edging up on the radar, we have brand new songs to record for 2011." O'Ferrell said. "The new songs are just as edgy, a little more rocky, and have been a big hit in our live performances."
With a music scene not often recognized in the national arena, Richmonders can feel confident with The J.O.B. stepping out to represent them on the national music stage.
The J.O.B.'s music CDs are available at Plan 9, BK Music, online through the band's website at www.thejoband.com, and digitally from iTunes.