Getting to Know RJ Comer…
RJ's a city boy with swamp water in his veins. He plays a little banjo, sings some, writes songs & makes records... He likes to sit on his porch and watch his dog pant. RJ's the banjo-wielding front man and primary songwriter of the roots rock show band, Dance Hall Pimps (Lakeshore Records), and is branching out with an acoustic Americana solo project. His fusion of classic Dixieland jazz, bluegrass, and rock & roll styles on plectrum banjo caught the attention of Deering Banjo Company who have 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 are currently recording their follow-up to Beast For Love.
With his solo Porch Songs project RJ explores his a quieter side on his solo Porch Songs project—an acoustic mash-up of New Orleans jazz, country, soft ballads, Americana, swamp, blues, and acoustic rock. And he shows his softer side on acoustic singer/songwriter ballads. More 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. In addition to the recently-released first installment of six Porch Songs, RJ is scheduled to go back in the studio and record some traditional blues, country, acoustic rock and some covers for the next set of Porch Songs.
RJ's currently negotiating with record labels for the solo debut release.