Fueled by the sheer power of human connection, The J.O.B. from Richmond, Virginia is a band on a mission: to touch the lives of everyday people with their music.
The band’s founders, Jim O’Ferrell and Jason Crawford, originally met in 2007 in between O’Ferrell’s deployments from the war in Iraq when he searched for a lead guitar player to play his music. Without hesitation, Crawford knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. O’Ferrell and Crawford recorded their first EP, Stranger in the short time available before O’Ferrell’s return to the war.
Despite coming from different musical backgrounds, and one of them in combat from continents away, the two never lost the desire to embark on this creative endeavor. A year later, in 2008, O’Ferrell was back from the war for good. With a new reality and perspective that only a soldier can have, he had a list of experiences just waiting to be turned into something more, and that is when The J.O.B. put their musical vehicle in drive.
The two-piece band began looking for other musicians to fill in the spaces. Drummer Eric Bandy joined the band in 2014 after auditioning and sweeping away all other candidates. Bandy learned the entire 30-song live show setlist in time to tour just two weeks later. In 2016, The J.O.B. discovered bassist Jared Merrill. As the youngest member, Merrill brought a new expertise and fresh energy into the band. He also brought another singing voice that they had been without for several years, adding a new, rich texture to the vocals. A multi-instrumentalist, Jared’s addition was the final step in their music development and completes the well-rounded sound that The J.O.B. has today.
The love of music and performing is the catalyst that connected four people from four entirely different walks of life. As O’Ferrell says, “The band brought us all together, we weren’t childhood friends sharing mix tapes in school.” The chemistry between band members is undeniable, and their greatest hope is to share that and spread the comradery with anyone who sees them play.
Many of the songs are inspired by the humble nature of the human heart, the souls of people O’Ferrell has met throughout life, and of the things he has seen in his military time serving our country.
The J.O.B. are storytellers, taking authentic human experiences and reflecting them like a mirror onto their audience. Giving a voice to those that may have buried their own somewhere deep inside, their music is a true companion that makes people’s emotions relevant and meaningful. Every face in the crowd is an individual opportunity to form a bond.
Performing live is where the rubber meets the road, and The J.O.B. travel at full speed while also taking time to appreciate every stop along the way. Their music portfolio includes 6 albums, 3 nationally charted songs, and scores of live performances ranging from saloons to festivals. Their newest album, Highway of Shadows, was chosen as 1 of the “50 Best Richmond Records of 2018” by The Auricular.
O’Ferrell says, “I’ve been lucky, and I’ve been cursed. I’ve accomplished some great things and I’ve failed miserably. And now, I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do when I was 17 years old.”
The J.O.B.’s music is in rotation on commercial, independent, and internet radio stations all over the United States and across the globe.
What fans are saying:
“True to their self-described Alt-Rock with a Blues soul and Americana roots, the band stirs these genres into one potent and tuneful brew.”
—The Big Takeover
“…a sound that sucks you along like the tail wind of a Mack truck. It leaves any crowd wondering what hit ’em.” – Sara Metz, Metz Productions
” For these folks, not expressing themselves through music would be ludicrous, and it shows in the passion and dedication that’s infused into every note of their songs.” – Ryan Mason, Magazine33
“…superbly written compositions within the wall of sound…” – Tim Whale, UK Indie Bands Blog
“American Rock’s most fist-clinching, teeth grinding, death-defying, and truth-be-told band…” – Rampage448 on iTunes