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Robert Finley

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    "Right from the first farking note, this s*** is dope!" —Taj Mahal 

    "He's the greatest living soul singer as far as I'm concerned." –Dan Auerbach

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about Robert Finley

When you’ve been making music for as long as Robert Finley has, you know that the key to success is in your instincts. You learn to trust your gut, you learn to trust your ear, and most of all, you learn to trust your company. Fortunately for us, here in 2017 Mr. Finley has all three in spades.

The singer lives in the tiny, forgotten town of Bernice, Louisiana, right near the Arkansas line, but in his younger days his music took him all over the world. Joining the Army as a teenager, Finley was sent to Europe as a helicopter technician but found more appealing work as the leader of the Army band, and toured the continent many times over on guitar and vocals. Following his rambling military service, he learned the trade of carpentry and settled back home in the States. He leaned on his gospel and blues songs for a hobby rather than career, and mostly confined his artistry to the streets of the...

When you’ve been making music for as long as Robert Finley has, you know that the key to success is in your instincts. You learn to trust your gut, you learn to trust your ear, and most of all, you learn to trust your company. Fortunately for us, here in 2017 Mr. Finley has all three in spades.

The singer lives in the tiny, forgotten town of Bernice, Louisiana, right near the Arkansas line, but in his younger days his music took him all over the world. Joining the Army as a teenager, Finley was sent to Europe as a helicopter technician but found more appealing work as the leader of the Army band, and toured the continent many times over on guitar and vocals. Following his rambling military service, he learned the trade of carpentry and settled back home in the States. He leaned on his gospel and blues songs for a hobby rather than career, and mostly confined his artistry to the streets of the South. But now, in the true spirit of the American Dream, Finley’s music is once again primed to reach doors and shores at home and abroad, as his new LP Goin’ Platinum! is set to be released through Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound this fall. 

Finley, who has lost most of his eyesight and was recently forced to retire from carpentering, is a self-taught musician who started writing his own songs at age 10. Learning to play by ear, he developed a unique personal style that continues to serve him well today. “When you train yourself by ear you don’t always get the chords as perfect as they should be—and sometimes you stumble upon a better chord,” he says. “It really is a never-ending process; I’m constantly learning, and there’s always room for improvement. I’ve been playing for about 52 years; if you’re satisfied with everything you do, that don’t leave no room to grow. But the main thing, I got a great team putting this stuff together. God blessed me with the voice, but the connections are getting me in the right place at the right time in front of the right people, so I can display what I got.”

It’s that kind of team-player attitude that has helped rejuvenate his career. A few years back, Finley was playing some R & B songs to a street crowd in Arkansas when he met a member of the Music Maker Foundation, an organization that provides direct support to older and underprivileged musicians. One thing led to another, and before you know it, Finley had written, recorded, and released an LP, Age Don’t Mean a Thing, on Big Legal Mess Records in the fall of 2016.

“The way it happened so fast kinda surprised all of us,” he says. “We wasn’t looking for it to move forward at that late time in my life. It’s a win-win situation, because if I hadn’t started losing my sight I probably would have still been carpentering.”

Yet another win-win would present itself when Auerbach, The Black Keys frontman and new Nashville-based record label owner, was sent a video of the musician playing songs on the street. Recognizing the singer’s immense and innate talent, he invited Finley to sing with him on the score for a friend’s graphic novel—a dark, bluesy project released in May called Murder Ballads. But it wasn’t until the pair got into the studio together that Auerbach fully understood the exceptional power of Finley’s voice—and where that might take them.

“I realized very quickly Robert’s capable of doing so much more than old blues songs,” Auerbach says. “He could do a wide range of things very easily. He’s a blues guitar player, but when he puts his guitar down, you could set him in front of an orchestra and he would sing just as good as Ray Charles on the first take. He has that magnetic hugeness about his voice and just knows where to put it in the pocket, always.”

And so, Auerbach gathered to his studio in Tennessee a Murderer’s Row of all-time-great session musicians to record an album of songs he had written with the likes of John Prine, Nick Lowe, Pat McLaughlin, and others, with Finley as their vocal anchor. From drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield) to keys player Bobby Woods (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack) to horns by Preservation Hall and guitar by the legendary Duane Eddy himself, the assemblage was nothing short of towering—and, for Auerbach, the focus on Finley provided the icing on the cake.

“For me, each person playing on the record is who I consider personally to be at the peak of their job,” Auerbach says. “Robert is one of the greatest singers I’ve ever heard in my life, Gene Chrisman played on “Natural Woman” and “Son of a Preacher Man”…all these voices coming together, all these different writers who contributed, too. This record is made with respect to the end product like they used to do on all the old soul records. I just happened to have a bunch of songs and I knew some of them Robert would kill—I could hear his voice, and pretty much it always turned out to be right.”

The significance of the occasion and the players was not lost on Finley for a second. “These guys are legends in their own time—I’m the new kid on the block, even though I’m 63 years old, I’m the youngest one in the band,” Finley says. “I just sat back and watched ’em, ain’t much I could tell ’em. I tried to be neutral, to make suggestions but not make any complaints. I’m just grateful to be part of the team and working with such extraordinary guys. We hooked up the soul and rock and roll and made one hell of a record with something to please everybody.” 

And now we have Goin’ Platinum!, the newest effort from the soon-to-be legendary soul singer Robert Finley and his crack band of geniuses. From the lovelorn bombast of “If You Forget My Love” to the soul-stirring “Medicine Woman,” and the home-on-the-road ripper “Empty Arms” to the yearning “Honey Let Me Stay the Night,” all capped by the epic closer “Holy Wine,” featuring Finley’s ethereal falsetto, Finley’s performance left Auerbach speechless—as it will anyone who lays ears to it.

“I didn’t ever have to play him any references, I just let him sing,” Auerbach says. “He naturally did what the song wanted to hear. He was capable of doing it in this huge bark, this soft whisper, a falsetto…I said, ‘Can you sing falsetto?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Why don’t you give it a shot and see what happens.’ And he sang ‘Holy Wine,” just like you hear it on the record. We were all sitting in the control room and my brain short-circuited.”

As for the album title, Auerbach gives all credit to Finley and his huge but wholly considerate personality. “He was just beaming from the second he walked in the door,” Auerbach says. “Every time he’d listen to playback, he’d say, ‘It’s goin’ platinum.’ That was his catch phrase. He’s larger than life. When he walked into the session he had on a three-quarter-length leather duster, leather pants, a giant belt buckle, red sparkle shirt tucked in, cowboy hat, snakeskin cowboy boots… Like he instinctually knows what to do when he’s singing, he knew this was his time to shine. Robert just showed up to work and was smiling all day long. All of us were.”

For Finley, all praise is due to the practice itself, and to the instincts, ear, and company of which he is proud to be part. And from this point on, his focus now shifts to his performance and his bringing it to the people, which he is finally—magically—able to do again on a global scale.

“Now I’m concerned about delivering the message to the audience,” he says. “We did a great job on the recording but it’s not over yet, it’s gotta be done before the live audience, that’s when my real task comes in. What comes from the heart goes to the heart; constantly pouring your soul into it so that when you deliver it, people can feel what you feeling. To me that’s the ultimate challenge, to get them to feel what you feel. And if they do, you will know it by the end of the song.”

TOUR DATES

May 27
The Earl
Atlanta GA
United States
Sep 8
Plaza Hotel
Las Vegas NV
United States
Sep 10
Bridger Brewing Company
Bozeman MT
United States
Sep 12
The Wilma
Missoula MT
United States
Sep 13
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
Woodinville WA
United States

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PRESS RELEASE


  • ROBERT FINLEY CONFIRMS HEADLINING TOUR & DATES OPENING FOR NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

    CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH DAN AUERBACH 
    AND SHANNON & THE CLAMS

    FEATURED IN CURRENT ISSUE OF ROLLING STONE

    GOIN' PLATINUM! OUT NOW VIA DAN AUERBACH'S EASY EYE SOUND

    ‘A herculean soulman.’ – Uncut

    ‘Fantastic.  Goin’ Platinum! ranks alongside the work of the great soul voices Solomon Burke, Syl Johnson and Al Green.’ – Mojo * * * *

    “Finley’s work with Auerbach sounds like the ideal juxtaposition of the textbook Black-Keys-groove with larger-than-life blues vocals.” –Billboard

    This morning, soul-singer Robert Finley announces new headlining tour dates throughout May in cities including New York City, Boston, and Atlanta (full dates below). Finley will also open for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Richmond, Washington, DC, Toronto, and Montreal earlier that month. Tickets for the Rateliff dates are on sale now here, and headlining dates will go on sale Friday, Mar 30 at 10:00 AM local time here.

    Finley is currently on the East Coast leg of the 20-date “Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour,” with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and special guests Shannon & the Clams. The extensive North American tour has remaining dates in Denver, Cleveland, Chicago, and more (full dates below). Each night will feature performances by Easy Eye Sound artists including Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, Shannon & The Clams, and of course, Robert Finley, all backed by The Easy Eye Sound house band, composed of Gene “Bubba” Chrisman, Bobby Wood (keys), Russ Pahl (guitar), and Dave Roe (bass). Tickets for this tour are on sale now and can be purchased here.

    Additionally, Finley is highlighted in the current issue of Rolling Stone, in their feature about the Easy Eye Review Tour, where they call him “an overlooked R&B powerhouse.” They add that Finley “has quickly become the star of the tour…Finley riled up the crowd with showstoppers like "Medicine Woman," which could have been an Isaac Hayes song, and "Holy Wine," which was pure Sam Cooke–era gospel.” Dan Auerbach is also quoted in the article saying, "Robert is simply the greatest soul singer I've ever seen in person… When he walked in the studio with his smile, and that voice, I knew he was something." Read Rolling Stone’s feature on the Easy Eye Revue Tour here.

    Robert Finley’s second studio album, GoinPlatinum!, which The Guardian calls “this year’s best classic R&B album,” is out now via Easy Eye Sound. The album captures a singer at his prime, surrounded by all-time-great session musicians with skill to match his singular voice, including drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin), keys player Bobby Wood (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack), horns players from Preservation Hall, and legendary guitarist Duane Eddy. GoinPlatinum! was co-written and produced by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach and also features writing credits by legendary songwriters John Prine, Nick Lowe, and Pat McLaughlin. “These guys are legends in their own time,” Finley says. “I’m grateful to be part of the team and working with such extraordinary guys. We hooked up the soul and rock and roll and made one hell of a record.” GoinPlatinum! is available for order on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.

    Finley made his debut on Austin City Limits recently for a performance that the Austin American Statesman said “wowed the audience with a commanding presence and soulful vocal style.” The episode aired on February 2nd.  Finley also appeared for the first time live, along with Dan Auerbach, on “A Prairie Home Companion” with host Chris Thile, on October 28th to perform the first two singles off his forthcoming album, “Medicine Woman” & “Get It While You Can.” Watch the performances here.

    Robert Finley, a self-taught musician, is no stranger to collaborating with and leading an elite group of musicians. Finley joined the army as a teenager to become a helicopter technician, but quickly found work as the leader of the Army’s band and toured the continent many times with them on guitar and vocals. Following his military service, Finley settled back in the States and made a living as a carpenter, still playing music, but more as a hobby than professionally. It wasn’t until Finley lost most of his eyesight and was forced to retire from carpentry that two happenstances rejuvenated his career. First, while playing to a street crowd in Arkansas, Finley met a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization that provides direct support to older and underprivileged musicians. This lead to his first LP, Age Dont Mean a Thing, which was released on Big Legal Mess Records in the fall of 2016. A video of Finley performing songs on the street also made its way to Dan Auerbach, front man of The Black Keys and new Nashville-based record label owner. Auerbach immediately recognized the singer’s immense and innate talent, and writing and recording sessions with the Easy Eye Sound house band, which Relix Magazine named “Nashville’s New Wrecking Crew,” spawned the songs on GoinPlatinum!

    Goin' Platinum! is the second release on Dan Auerbach’s new record label, Easy Eye Sound and is distributed by Auerbach's longtime label Nonesuch Records. Easy Eye Sound is built equally around Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where The Black Keys recorded their last two albums, as well as the collection of famous session musicians that have come to call the studio home. Auerbach says, “Sometimes I feel I created my own Field of Dreams. I built the studio because I knew something was going to happen. I built it to accommodate live musicians playing, and then all of a sudden the best musicians in Nashville show up, and it’s happening.”

    Robert Finley- Goin' Platinum! Track List

    1 Get It While You Can

    2 Medicine Woman

    3 If You Forget My Love

    4 Three Jumpers

    5 Honey, Let Me Stay The Night

    6 You Don’t Have To Do Right

    7 Complications

    8 Real Love Is Like Hard Time

    9 Empty Arms

    10 Holy Wine


    Robert Finley Tour Dates

    March 31 /// Cleveland, OH /// Agora Theater*

    April 02 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre*

    April 03 /// St. Paul, MN /// Palace Theatre*

    April 04 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Truman*

    April 05 /// Denver, CO /// Paramount Theatre*
    May 14 /// The National /// Richmond, VA^

    May 16 /// Anthem /// Washington, DC^

    May 18 /// Massey Hall /// Toronto, Canada^

    May 19 /// MTELUS /// Montreal, Canada^

    May 20 /// Rough Trade /// Brooklyn, NY

    May 21 /// Brighton Music Hall /// Boston, MA

    May 23 /// Mercury Lounge /// New York, NY

    May 24 /// World Café Live- Upstairs /// Philadelphia, PA

    May 25 /// Rock & Roll Hotel /// Washington, D.C.

    May 26 /// Ambrose West /// Asheville, NC

    May 27 /// The Earl /// Atlanta, GA

    September 8 /// Big Blues Bender /// Las Vegas, NV
     

    *Easy Eye Sound Revue with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and Shannon & the Clams

    ^ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

     

    http://www.robertfinleymusic.com

    https://www.instagram.com/robertfinleymusic

    https://www.facebook.com/RobertFinleyMusic

    https://twitter.com/musicmakerblues

     

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    http://facebook.com/easyeyesound

    http://instagram.com/easyeyesound

     

    For more information, please contact Mary Moyer (mary@qprime.com) or Emilio Herce (emilio@qprime.com) at Q Prime 212.302.9790.

     

     

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on September 22, 2017 - 6:58pm

When you’ve been making music for as long as Robert Finley has, you know that the key to success is in your instincts. You learn to trust your gut, you learn to trust your ear, and most of all, you learn to trust your company. Fortunately for us, here in 2017 Mr. Finley has all three in spades.

The singer lives in the tiny, forgotten town of Bernice, Louisiana, right near the Arkansas line, but in his younger days his music took him all over the world. Joining the Army as a teenager, Finley was sent to Europe as a helicopter technician but found more appealing work as the leader of the Army band, and toured the continent many times over on guitar and vocals. Following his rambling military service, he learned the trade of carpentry and settled back home in the States. He leaned on his gospel and blues songs for a hobby rather than career, and mostly confined his artistry to the streets of the South. But now, in the true spirit of the American Dream, Finley’s music is once again primed to reach doors and shores at home and abroad, as his new LP Goin’ Platinum! is set to be released through Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound this fall. 

Finley, who has lost most of his eyesight and was recently forced to retire from carpentering, is a self-taught musician who started writing his own songs at age 10. Learning to play by ear, he developed a unique personal style that continues to serve him well today. “When you train yourself by ear you don’t always get the chords as perfect as they should be—and sometimes you stumble upon a better chord,” he says. “It really is a never-ending process; I’m constantly learning, and there’s always room for improvement. I’ve been playing for about 52 years; if you’re satisfied with everything you do, that don’t leave no room to grow. But the main thing, I got a great team putting this stuff together. God blessed me with the voice, but the connections are getting me in the right place at the right time in front of the right people, so I can display what I got.”

It’s that kind of team-player attitude that has helped rejuvenate his career. A few years back, Finley was playing some R & B songs to a street crowd in Arkansas when he met a member of the Music Maker Foundation, an organization that provides direct support to older and underprivileged musicians. One thing led to another, and before you know it, Finley had written, recorded, and released an LP, Age Don’t Mean a Thing, on Big Legal Mess Records in the fall of 2016.

“The way it happened so fast kinda surprised all of us,” he says. “We wasn’t looking for it to move forward at that late time in my life. It’s a win-win situation, because if I hadn’t started losing my sight I probably would have still been carpentering.”

Yet another win-win would present itself when Auerbach, The Black Keys frontman and new Nashville-based record label owner, was sent a video of the musician playing songs on the street. Recognizing the singer’s immense and innate talent, he invited Finley to sing with him on the score for a friend’s graphic novel—a dark, bluesy project released in May called Murder Ballads. But it wasn’t until the pair got into the studio together that Auerbach fully understood the exceptional power of Finley’s voice—and where that might take them.

“I realized very quickly Robert’s capable of doing so much more than old blues songs,” Auerbach says. “He could do a wide range of things very easily. He’s a blues guitar player, but when he puts his guitar down, you could set him in front of an orchestra and he would sing just as good as Ray Charles on the first take. He has that magnetic hugeness about his voice and just knows where to put it in the pocket, always.”

And so, Auerbach gathered to his studio in Tennessee a Murderer’s Row of all-time-great session musicians to record an album of songs he had written with the likes of John Prine, Nick Lowe, Pat McLaughlin, and others, with Finley as their vocal anchor. From drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield) to keys player Bobby Woods (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack) to horns by Preservation Hall and guitar by the legendary Duane Eddy himself, the assemblage was nothing short of towering—and, for Auerbach, the focus on Finley provided the icing on the cake.

“For me, each person playing on the record is who I consider personally to be at the peak of their job,” Auerbach says. “Robert is one of the greatest singers I’ve ever heard in my life, Gene Chrisman played on “Natural Woman” and “Son of a Preacher Man”…all these voices coming together, all these different writers who contributed, too. This record is made with respect to the end product like they used to do on all the old soul records. I just happened to have a bunch of songs and I knew some of them Robert would kill—I could hear his voice, and pretty much it always turned out to be right.”

The significance of the occasion and the players was not lost on Finley for a second. “These guys are legends in their own time—I’m the new kid on the block, even though I’m 63 years old, I’m the youngest one in the band,” Finley says. “I just sat back and watched ’em, ain’t much I could tell ’em. I tried to be neutral, to make suggestions but not make any complaints. I’m just grateful to be part of the team and working with such extraordinary guys. We hooked up the soul and rock and roll and made one hell of a record with something to please everybody.” 

And now we have Goin’ Platinum!, the newest effort from the soon-to-be legendary soul singer Robert Finley and his crack band of geniuses. From the lovelorn bombast of “If You Forget My Love” to the soul-stirring “Medicine Woman,” and the home-on-the-road ripper “Empty Arms” to the yearning “Honey Let Me Stay the Night,” all capped by the epic closer “Holy Wine,” featuring Finley’s ethereal falsetto, Finley’s performance left Auerbach speechless—as it will anyone who lays ears to it.

“I didn’t ever have to play him any references, I just let him sing,” Auerbach says. “He naturally did what the song wanted to hear. He was capable of doing it in this huge bark, this soft whisper, a falsetto…I said, ‘Can you sing falsetto?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Why don’t you give it a shot and see what happens.’ And he sang ‘Holy Wine,” just like you hear it on the record. We were all sitting in the control room and my brain short-circuited.”

As for the album title, Auerbach gives all credit to Finley and his huge but wholly considerate personality. “He was just beaming from the second he walked in the door,” Auerbach says. “Every time he’d listen to playback, he’d say, ‘It’s goin’ platinum.’ That was his catch phrase. He’s larger than life. When he walked into the session he had on a three-quarter-length leather duster, leather pants, a giant belt buckle, red sparkle shirt tucked in, cowboy hat, snakeskin cowboy boots… Like he instinctually knows what to do when he’s singing, he knew this was his time to shine. Robert just showed up to work and was smiling all day long. All of us were.”

For Finley, all praise is due to the practice itself, and to the instincts, ear, and company of which he is proud to be part. And from this point on, his focus now shifts to his performance and his bringing it to the people, which he is finally—magically—able to do again on a global scale.

“Now I’m concerned about delivering the message to the audience,” he says. “We did a great job on the recording but it’s not over yet, it’s gotta be done before the live audience, that’s when my real task comes in. What comes from the heart goes to the heart; constantly pouring your soul into it so that when you deliver it, people can feel what you feeling. To me that’s the ultimate challenge, to get them to feel what you feel. And if they do, you will know it by the end of the song.”

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ROBERT FINLEY CONFIRMS HEADLINING TOUR & DATES OPENING FOR NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH DAN AUERBACH 
AND SHANNON & THE CLAMS

FEATURED IN CURRENT ISSUE OF ROLLING STONE

GOIN' PLATINUM! OUT NOW VIA DAN AUERBACH'S EASY EYE SOUND

‘A herculean soulman.’ – Uncut

‘Fantastic.  Goin’ Platinum! ranks alongside the work of the great soul voices Solomon Burke, Syl Johnson and Al Green.’ – Mojo * * * *

“Finley’s work with Auerbach sounds like the ideal juxtaposition of the textbook Black-Keys-groove with larger-than-life blues vocals.” –Billboard

This morning, soul-singer Robert Finley announces new headlining tour dates throughout May in cities including New York City, Boston, and Atlanta (full dates below). Finley will also open for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Richmond, Washington, DC, Toronto, and Montreal earlier that month. Tickets for the Rateliff dates are on sale now here, and headlining dates will go on sale Friday, Mar 30 at 10:00 AM local time here.

Finley is currently on the East Coast leg of the 20-date “Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour,” with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and special guests Shannon & the Clams. The extensive North American tour has remaining dates in Denver, Cleveland, Chicago, and more (full dates below). Each night will feature performances by Easy Eye Sound artists including Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, Shannon & The Clams, and of course, Robert Finley, all backed by The Easy Eye Sound house band, composed of Gene “Bubba” Chrisman, Bobby Wood (keys), Russ Pahl (guitar), and Dave Roe (bass). Tickets for this tour are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Additionally, Finley is highlighted in the current issue of Rolling Stone, in their feature about the Easy Eye Review Tour, where they call him “an overlooked R&B powerhouse.” They add that Finley “has quickly become the star of the tour…Finley riled up the crowd with showstoppers like "Medicine Woman," which could have been an Isaac Hayes song, and "Holy Wine," which was pure Sam Cooke–era gospel.” Dan Auerbach is also quoted in the article saying, "Robert is simply the greatest soul singer I've ever seen in person… When he walked in the studio with his smile, and that voice, I knew he was something." Read Rolling Stone’s feature on the Easy Eye Revue Tour here.

Robert Finley’s second studio album, GoinPlatinum!, which The Guardian calls “this year’s best classic R&B album,” is out now via Easy Eye Sound. The album captures a singer at his prime, surrounded by all-time-great session musicians with skill to match his singular voice, including drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin), keys player Bobby Wood (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack), horns players from Preservation Hall, and legendary guitarist Duane Eddy. GoinPlatinum! was co-written and produced by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach and also features writing credits by legendary songwriters John Prine, Nick Lowe, and Pat McLaughlin. “These guys are legends in their own time,” Finley says. “I’m grateful to be part of the team and working with such extraordinary guys. We hooked up the soul and rock and roll and made one hell of a record.” GoinPlatinum! is available for order on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.

Finley made his debut on Austin City Limits recently for a performance that the Austin American Statesman said “wowed the audience with a commanding presence and soulful vocal style.” The episode aired on February 2nd.  Finley also appeared for the first time live, along with Dan Auerbach, on “A Prairie Home Companion” with host Chris Thile, on October 28th to perform the first two singles off his forthcoming album, “Medicine Woman” & “Get It While You Can.” Watch the performances here.

Robert Finley, a self-taught musician, is no stranger to collaborating with and leading an elite group of musicians. Finley joined the army as a teenager to become a helicopter technician, but quickly found work as the leader of the Army’s band and toured the continent many times with them on guitar and vocals. Following his military service, Finley settled back in the States and made a living as a carpenter, still playing music, but more as a hobby than professionally. It wasn’t until Finley lost most of his eyesight and was forced to retire from carpentry that two happenstances rejuvenated his career. First, while playing to a street crowd in Arkansas, Finley met a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization that provides direct support to older and underprivileged musicians. This lead to his first LP, Age Dont Mean a Thing, which was released on Big Legal Mess Records in the fall of 2016. A video of Finley performing songs on the street also made its way to Dan Auerbach, front man of The Black Keys and new Nashville-based record label owner. Auerbach immediately recognized the singer’s immense and innate talent, and writing and recording sessions with the Easy Eye Sound house band, which Relix Magazine named “Nashville’s New Wrecking Crew,” spawned the songs on GoinPlatinum!

Goin' Platinum! is the second release on Dan Auerbach’s new record label, Easy Eye Sound and is distributed by Auerbach's longtime label Nonesuch Records. Easy Eye Sound is built equally around Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where The Black Keys recorded their last two albums, as well as the collection of famous session musicians that have come to call the studio home. Auerbach says, “Sometimes I feel I created my own Field of Dreams. I built the studio because I knew something was going to happen. I built it to accommodate live musicians playing, and then all of a sudden the best musicians in Nashville show up, and it’s happening.”

Robert Finley- Goin' Platinum! Track List

1 Get It While You Can

2 Medicine Woman

3 If You Forget My Love

4 Three Jumpers

5 Honey, Let Me Stay The Night

6 You Don’t Have To Do Right

7 Complications

8 Real Love Is Like Hard Time

9 Empty Arms

10 Holy Wine


Robert Finley Tour Dates

March 31 /// Cleveland, OH /// Agora Theater*

April 02 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre*

April 03 /// St. Paul, MN /// Palace Theatre*

April 04 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Truman*

April 05 /// Denver, CO /// Paramount Theatre*
May 14 /// The National /// Richmond, VA^

May 16 /// Anthem /// Washington, DC^

May 18 /// Massey Hall /// Toronto, Canada^

May 19 /// MTELUS /// Montreal, Canada^

May 20 /// Rough Trade /// Brooklyn, NY

May 21 /// Brighton Music Hall /// Boston, MA

May 23 /// Mercury Lounge /// New York, NY

May 24 /// World Café Live- Upstairs /// Philadelphia, PA

May 25 /// Rock & Roll Hotel /// Washington, D.C.

May 26 /// Ambrose West /// Asheville, NC

May 27 /// The Earl /// Atlanta, GA

September 8 /// Big Blues Bender /// Las Vegas, NV
 

*Easy Eye Sound Revue with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and Shannon & the Clams

^ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

 

http://www.robertfinleymusic.com

https://www.instagram.com/robertfinleymusic

https://www.facebook.com/RobertFinleyMusic

https://twitter.com/musicmakerblues

 

http://twitter.com/easyeyesound

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