ROBERT FINLEY CONFIRMS HEADLINING TOUR & DATES OPENING FOR NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
Soul-singer Robert Finley announces new headlining tour dates throughout May in cities including New York City, Boston, and Atlanta. Finley will also open for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Richmond, Washington, DC, Toronto, and Montreal earlier that month. Tickets for new headlining dates go on sale this Friday, March 30, 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 Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, and more. Each night will feature performances by Easy Eye Sound artists including Auerbach, Shaw, Shannon & The Clams, and Finley, all backed by The Easy Eye Sound house band: 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.
Robert Finley Tour Dates
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*
May 14 /// The National /// Richmond, VA (Sold Out)^
May 16 /// Anthem /// Washington, DC^
May 18 /// Massey Hall /// Toronto, Canada (Sold Out)^
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, DC
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
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 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 2. Finley also appeared for the first time live, along with Dan Auerbach, on Live From Here with host Chris Thile, on October 28 to perform the first two singles off his 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 Don’t 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 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.”