This morning, soul-singer Robert debuts his music video for the song “Merry Christmas, I Love You” via Uproxx. The video for “Merry Christmas, I Love You,” which is part of Amazon’s Christmas Soul playlist, finds Finley playing a streetwise Santa Claus, spreading holiday cheer and fighting crime in equal measure. “The song itself is about everyone getting a little love for Christmas, and I enjoyed playing Santa,” says Finley. “There was the Santa spreading love, and then there’s the part where Santa Clause had to become a hero. It was to show that crime doesn’t pay, you won’t get away, and Santa Clause is here to save the day. Everybody’s supposed to have a beautiful Christmas.” Watch the music video for ‘Merry Christmas, I Love You” via Uproxx here.
Robert Finley’s second studio album, Goin’ Platinum!, 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. Goin’ Platinum! 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.” Goin’ Platinum! is available for order on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.
Recently, Finley announced the 20-date “Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour,” with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and special guests Shannon & the Clams. The extensive North American tour will kick off on February 10 in Vancouver with stops in Brooklyn, Portland, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville and more (full dates below). Each night will feature performances by Easy Eye Sound artists including, Shannon Shaw, Dan Auerbach, and of course, Robert Finley, all backed by the 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.
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 will air in 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 recently premiered his music video for “Holy Wine” via Relix who say: “The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach calls Robert Finley, ‘the greatest living soul singer as far as I’m concerned.’ So it’s no surprise that Auerbach produced Finley’s new album, Goin’ Platinum! and released it on his own Easy Eye Sound label.” Finley also debuted his new music video for “Get It While You Can” via Rolling Stone, who call him a “swaggering soul man.” Billboard shared the music video for Robert Finley’s “Medicine Woman,” the first single off Goin’ Platinum!, along with an in depth interview, where they hail Finley “as a prime example that talent only improves with age.” Read Billboard’s feature 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, AgeDon’tMeanaThing, 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 Goin’ Platinum!
From the lovelorn bombast of “If You Forget My Love” and the soul-stirring “Medicine Woman,” to the home-on-the-road ripper “Empty Arms” and the yearning “Honey, Let Me Stay the Night,” all capped by Finley’s ethereal falsetto on album closer “Holy Wine,” Finley’s sublime and stirring vocals, anchor Goin’ Platinum! and elevate the album’s ten original songs, making them feel equally contemporary and timeless. “I realized very quickly Robert’s capable of doing so much more than old blues songs,” Auerbach says. “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.”
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.”
RobertFinley– Goin‘ Platinum!TrackList
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
8 Real Love Is Like Hard Time
9 Empty Arms
10 Holy Wine
February 10 /// Vancouver, BC /// Vogue Theatre
February 11 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom
February 12 /// Seattle, WA /// The Showbox
February 14 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
February 17 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Wiltern
February 18 /// Santa Ana, CA /// The Observatory
February 19 /// San Diego, CA /// The Observatory North Park
February 20 /// Phoenix, AZ /// The Van Buren
February 22 /// Dallas, TX /// Canton Hall
February 23 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
February 25 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
March 24 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
March 25 /// Boston, MA /// House of Blues
March 27 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
March 28 /// Port Chester, NY /// The Capitol Theatre
March 29 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth Music Hall
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