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, 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.
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, 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!
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
Robert Finley Tour Dates
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*
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