Monday, September 11, 2006
Jeff Finlin - a star comes to town
Saturday September 23rd, Rose's West End Bar at 9.00pm
Making a welcome return to Lismore World Music, fresh from a rave write up in The Sunday Times newspaper of August 27th, you can read it online at http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14932-2324956.html.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), Jeff Finlin is a unique artist. His career has taken many twists and turns. He started out traveling America in autos, trains, planes, and hitchhiking, before settling down to play in bands in Boston, Ohio and L.A. He finally wound up in Nashville with long-time mate Gwil Owen ("A Softer Place to Fall") to form the rock band the Thieves, which put out the Marshall Crenshaw produced "Seduced by Money" on Capitol Records.
In 1993, he went on to produce the self-released "Lonely Light" before going on to produce the Little Dog/ Mercury release, "Highway Diaries". The Chicago Sun Times said: "FINLIN writes with the minimalist grit of Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver - tune in and you will hear an elusive magic."
Next it was on to New York, where Jeff incorporated the likes of Mark Ribot (Tom Waits and Elvis Costello) and Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), to produce Original Fin, which was released on BMG/Gravity in the UK and Ireland and NBFNY in the U.S. Music Row called the record:
"A do it yourself piece of musical brilliance - Simply manna to the literate songwriter’s soul." Uncut called Finlin - "A real find."
Then in 2002 "Somewhere South of Wonder” came out with a vengeance, garnering Finlin 'Album of the Year' accolades on Virgin Radio's Captain America show, and a tour opening for Steve Earle in the U.K. and Ireland.
Now comes the much anticipated follow-up, "Epinonymous" - a musical and spiritual foray into the heart of the everyman and how he discovers and comes to terms with his selfless self. "I don’t think we really discover how great our potential for life is until we come to terms with our own anonymity”, Finlin says. "Who are we really?"
Recorded in Colorado and Nashville with long-time cohorts Will Kimbrough and Pat Buchanan, it picks up in the stark American landscape where "Somewhere South of Wonder" left off. It recalls the work of Newman, Waits and other American pioneers who have channeled their experiences in the world through their own unique voice. Tune in for more elusive magic.