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Getting to Know RJ Comer…
Songwriter and Gentleman Outlaw RJ Comer is a city boy with swamp water in his veins. RJ's the banjo-wielding front man and primary songwriter of the blues and roots rock show band, Dance Hall Pimps (Lakeshore Records), and is branching out with an acoustic Americana solo project. Deering Banjo Company has included him among Deering’s sponsored artists.
RJ studied voice and composition at Sacramento State University then worked a series of day jobs while playing acoustic blues. He once worked as a singing waiter in a country music-themed steak house. They loved his music, but they fired him for being terrible waiter. They also weren’t too happy with him when he and the fiddle player spontaneously broke into Pachelbel’s Canon in D with RJ playing the string quartet parts on guitar.
In 2009, RJ launched his first band the Dance Hall Pimps, who were quickly approached by two record labels. In 2012, the Dance Hall Pimps released their debut LP, Beast for Love, on Lakeshore Records. RJ wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 10 original songs on the debut LP, including the rockabilly single “Mommy Was A Zombie” and the big band/New Orleans throw-back and title cut “Beast For Love”. RJ and the Dance Hall Pimps recently released their follow-up to Beast For Love, their second LP "The Dead Don't Walk" dropped November 5, 2013 (Growling Moon Records).
With his solo project RJ explores an acoustic mash-up of acoustic rock, New Orleans jazz, dark brooding ballads, Americana and blues. Upbeat tracks like Wreckage of the Future and Got Two Kitchens capture the same playfully dark humor RJ brings to the Dance Hall Pimps repertoire but with a more relaxed approach.
RJ plans on releasing a solo LP in 2014. There's talk about him recording in New Orleans.