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The J.O.B. / Press

"...songwriting is just as influenced by Dylan Thomas and Walt Whitman as it is by CCR and Led Zeppelin.”

“The J.O.B. (The Jim O'Ferrell Band) has released a new killer track called "Loved By You II," mixed at Absolute Future Studios by Chris Ratterree and Jamie Rose. The singer/songwriter goes mysterious with this tune, smoothing the soundscape out with dark synth and sultry guitar (Jason Crawford). The vocal harmonies sound especially creepy, while the rhythm section is spot-on. You have to wait to check out The J.O.B. live... July 12 @ The Tobacco Company. The band will head to Savannah on 5/11 and Walkersville, MD on 5/31. Their bandcamp also suggests there's a 5/2 date in Amsterdam at the Tolhuistuin Festival--you lucky dogs.”

“The J.O.B.’s newest single, Feel, is an upbeat track filled with optimism and serene thoughts. This one has more of Americana in it than the other two tracks. But it still sticks to its Mod-Rock sound while exploring the more ‘folksy’ genre. Jim’s voice reminds me very much of Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier. Overall, Feel is a great song to include in your Valentine’s mix-tape or ‘Sunny Days Playlist’ without sounding mushy. That’s a total win-win!! Verdict: If you are a Breaking Benjamin fan, listen to this one. You’ll love it. If you’re NOT a BB fan, listen to this and you’ll still love it! (Although Breaking Benjamin is more Alt-Metal than Modern Rock, The J.O.B.’s music comes closest to their Phobia phase.)”

“The original rock music band, The J.O.B., has appeared in the national spotlight this week with their compelling single 'Messenger' emerging at #35 on the Adult Contemporary Top 40 Chart, according to the Arbitron Ratings and reported by Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB), the premiere source for music and radio industry professionals. "Our song 'Messenger' addresses the deep level of connection we all share," said Jim O'Ferrell, songwriter and frontman for the band. "We have had two songs appear on national charts before, but this is our first breakthrough to the Top 40 level," he said. Jim O'Ferrell, on vocals and rhythm guitar, is joined by Jason Crawford on lead guitar, Antonio James Jr on drums, and Justin Poroszok on the bass guitar. The band is based from O'Ferrell's century old house in the historic neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, Virginia. (read the whole article at http://www.newmusicweekly.com/news2.php?a=7608)”

“Richmond, Virginia (USA) - Independent recording artist 'The J.O.B.' is taking no time off to rest while their newest single 'Feel' is trekking up the adult contemporary music charts in the United States. 'Feel' reached #37 this week and is the band's second single to reach the AC Top 40 Chart this year (FMQB 10/10/12). Their previous 2012 release 'Messenger' emerged on radio spin charts in January, reached #28 in March and spent 5 weeks in the AC Top 40 in the USA... The J.O.B. is a creatively passionate four piece band who performs their music extremely tight. Their musical compositions are meticulously precise, but come across as effortless. The band is now back in the recording studio working on new songs to complete an EP for release in early 2013. ”

“The Jim O’Ferrell Band, better known as the J.O.B., is an Americana rock band synonymous with Richmond. The group seemingly has played everywhere around town and has grabbed the hearts of many fans during its four-year run. Its 2010 album, “Two Thirty-One,” hit the Top 40 charts twice in that year, beating out such artists as Taylor Swift, Barenaked Ladies and other established national acts. Not one to slow down, the band is releasing an EP entitled “Letters” this week, and its first single, “Messenger,” already is causing waves. The band performs at Emilio’s on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 p.m. $5. 359-1224.”

“All four of us in the band have very different music backgrounds. I came up as a kid listening to everything from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Led Zepplin. I went thru the 1990s listening to Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Metallica. Right now, I have Tool, Opeth, and Foo Fighters in my car stereo. As a lyricist, I actually am more influenced by writers. When I hit a creative wall, I set the guitar down for a little while and read work by Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, and other authors to get my brain working. As a guitarist, Jimmy Page and David Gilmore are two guys I admire and I’d like to have coffee with. The other guys in the band would each have very different answers. It’s that difference in our individual music histories that gives our band its own sound, its own identity.”

“RICHMOND, VA. - Modern rock band 'The JOB' has announced the official release of their newest CD will occur during a live radio segment to be broadcast on new rock radio station 102.1 FM 'The X', a commercial Clear Channel Radio station in Richmond, Va. The band will perform in-studio with DJ Jay Smack during the 'Studio B' radio show scheduled to air at 11pm eastern time on Sunday, January 8th, 2012. Three songs from the new EP titled 'Letters' will be spun alternatively to The J.O.B. performing three unrecorded new songs live on the air. Between songs, the band members and host Jay Smack will talk about the band yesterday, the band now, and the band's plans for tomorrow. The 30 minute segment will be available as a live stream on 102.1's website enabling the band's fans worldwide to listen live.”

“Spearheaded by former infantryman Jim O’Ferrell, THE J.O.B. is a music triumph. In the album ‘Back to the World’, a soldier’s coming home and his decision to tell stories through his music is both powerful and heart-wrenching. Now imagine that and add a whole lot of rock, and what you get is an amazing collection of tracks worth listening to. THE J.O.B.’s Jim O’Ferrell was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq and even there, he managed to hone his guitar playing skills. He’s been doing gigs since he was 15, playing Johnny Cash covers and always playing in all the places the Army has sent him to. With guitarist Jason Crawford, they unleashed to the world THE J.O.B. Together with bassist Justin Poroszok and drummer Steve Payne, they become an awesome-sounding music unit. ”

“Richmond - Instantly the J.O.B. has a recognizable feel to it. The name alone speaks to anyone who has something that they must do. It’s part of their charm but at the same time sends a clear message that they are not here because they want to be, but because they must. 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. Jim O’Ferrell, being the sole lyric writer, derived a lot of his inspiration from his time in the United States Armed Forces. Most of that time was spent as an infantryman, so one could say that his voice carries the weight of all the soldiers fighting for us. From a group that is, for the most part, under-appreciated and under-represented in everyday life this can be a refreshing take, and for those who take them for granted it can be a rude awakening. (see link for the full article)”

“When the Virginia Lottery wanted to launch a new media campaign to promote their new sweepstakes, Truckin' For Cash, they knew they wanted a high-energy rock band to carry the message. After pouring through countless candidates from all over the region, they selected Richmond's hometown Americana rock band, The J.O.B. from the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. The television spot, filmed last December on a snow covered field near Glen Allen, begins with two new 4x4 trucks serving as a stage for the band's performance. Two enthusiastic lottery players are dancing to the band's overture with one saying, "Killer sound system, man," and the other answering, "Ditto, dude!" As the voice-over explains the new game to the viewer, The J.O.B. kicks into high gear and rocks the commercial as if the spotlights were on and the crowd were cheering. "It was about 22 degrees and we were outside filming in the snow from sunrise until sundown," said Jim O'Ferrell, the (continued...)”

“A US veteran of the conflicts in Iraq has hailed Queensryche for discussing their mortar attack in the warzone – and says if they decide to go back his band will be delighted to support them. Airbourne Ranger Infantryman Jim O’Ferrell spent 28 years in the armed forces and opened a number of big acts’ morale-boosting shows with his acoustic guitar and songs he’d written about military life. He retired in 2008 and now fronts his band the JOB, and he’s ready to head back to Iraq to support Geoff Tate and co, if they’ll have him. And he’d enjoy the chance to entertain his son, who’s now serving in the war-torn country. He tells RockAAA: “I would run, not walk, to the aircraft if I was given the opportunity to go back and play for my brothers in arms, or for my son’s unit. “If Queensryche do go back, I’d ask them to take my band with them. We’d be a great opener – and I already have my own helmet.” ”

“Even though the Jim O’Ferrell Band has landed two songs on the national charts this year one from its first album, “Back to the World,” and one from the follow-up, “231 (two thirty one),” it has no plans for a vacation. Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist O’Ferrell and lead guitarist Jason Crawford soon will refit the Americana alt-rock group with a new rhythm section in order to complete a new EP. In the meantime, you can hear unplugged versions of two J.O.B. songs at soundcloud.com/thejoband.”

“Jim O'Ferrell Band Hits Top 40 Twice Richmond rockers The Jim O'Ferrell Band (aka The J.O.B.) has had a pretty eventful year. The Americana rock group recently released their newest album "Two Thirty-One" and already hit the Top 40 chart twice in 2010. Their single "1925" placed at #24 last week on the National Up & Coming Top 40 Chart beating out such artists as Taylor Swift, Collective Soul, Barenaked Ladies, Theory of a Deadman and other established national acts. The chart is reported in New Music Weekly, which is recognized as the radio broadcast industry authority. "We're really excited to see '1925' show up on the chart," O'Ferrell said. "It's getting a lot of radio play all over the world right now." Another J.O.B. song, "El Dorado," from their first album "Back To The World," spent several weeks on the Up & Coming Top 40 list, rising to #16, earlier this year. ”

“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 Jim O’Ferrell Band, hailed as Richmond’s Hometown Americana Rock Band, is breaking onto the national stage with their single ‘El Dorado’ emerging on the Up & Coming Top 40 with New Music Weekly for March 26, 2010. They share this prestigious chart recognition with such national artists as Pearl Jam and Alicia Keys, and appeared on the Top 40 Chart ahead of other popular artists such as Taylor Swift, Theory Of A Deadman, Barenaked Ladies, Jay Z, and Collective Soul. ”

“After serving 2 combat tours in Iraq, Jim O'Ferrell has returned home and entered the recording studio in order to express his heartfelt feelings of life in war and here at home. "Back To The World" is truly an album that should be listened to very carefully; if done so, the listener will have a small understanding of what truly occupies the minds of our troops when they are not directly engaged by the enemy and have the time to reflect. The album has a very edgy feel and walks the line between roots rock and modern rock. This is great storytelling, with heartfelt experience behind all the lyrics. Jim O'Ferrell truly deserves more than 5 stars for this musical delight. Reviewed By: Robert Bartosh”

“When Jim O’Ferrell wanted a concept for his Americana band’s second album, he needed only to look beneath his feet. Buried within his Church Hill neighborhood are the remnants of one of Richmond’s most storied legends: Locomotive 231, entombed in a brick-sealed, water-filled tunnel beneath Jefferson Park. A tunnel collapse in 1925 killed at least three men working to widen the 4,000-foot tunnel, including the recovered bodies of the engineer and boilerman. Rather than dig out the remains, authorities sealed the tunnel, which became a source of numerous urban legends — from buried passengers and day laborers to a Richmond vampire, no less. Now it’s getting its first rock album, the Jim O’Ferrell Band’s “Two Thirty One,” which recounts the historical story through different perspectives... (See the entire article at the link below)”