Fueled by the sheer power of human connection
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. Between deployments to the war in Iraq, O’Ferrell was searching for a lead guitar player to collaborate with and record his music. Without hesitation, Crawford knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. However, time was of the essence, as the war was calling O’Ferrell back to action. Putting all of their energy into the project in the short time given, they recorded an EP, Stranger, before O’Ferrell was once again deployed overseas.
Despite coming from different musical backgrounds, and one of them in a war zone continents away, the two never lost the desire to continue their collaboration. 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 needed other musicians to fill in the spaces. In 2016, The J.O.B. discovered bassist Jared Merrill. From a music family, Merrill brought his energy and natural ability into the band. He also brought another singing voice which added new vocal layers and harmony capabilities. An intuitive bass player and composer, Jared’s addition steered the band toward their sixth album, “Highway of Shadows.”
Replacing long time drummer Eric Bandy, Brian Penczak joined the band in 2020 after a modified auditioning process conducted during the coronavirus pandemic. A dynamic and creative drummer for eleven years, Brian handily rose above the other candidates. Penczak learned the entire 30-song live show setlist and began participating in the band’s song writing process on new, original compositions during the pandemic shut down. Merrill and Penczak round out the potent sound 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 while serving our country during a career in the Army.
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 by The Auricular as 1 of the "50 Best Richmond Records of 2018.”
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