In May this year Dan Auerbach launched his new record label Easy Eye Sound, with Auerbach’s very own (and rather aptly titled) Waiting On a Song being the label’s first release. Having won multiple Grammy Awards as both an artist and producer, Auerbach has turned his attentions toward discovering new talent.
His first signing recently presented itself in the form of Louisiana blues/soul singer-songwriter and guitarist, Robert Finley after Auerbach received a video of him busking on the street. Robert Finley started writing songs at the age of 10, has been a self-taught guitarist since the age of 11, worked through the 1970’s in the army as a helicopter technician and bandleader before returning to civilian life as a carpenter and busker! He is now 63 years old and signed for the first time!!
When Auerbach first heard Finley on the video recording, he was intrigued and invited the bluesman to accompany him on a musical score entitled Murder Ballads. Once in the studio to make that recording, Finley’s natural talent and charisma impressed Auerbach so much so that he described Robert as “one of the greatest singers I’ve ever heard in my life!”
Less than two weeks ago Finley released his debut album Goin’ Platinum! and for this Dan Auerbach assigned an impressive band of musicians made up of Auerbach, drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis, Aretha, Dusty Springfield), keyboardist Bobby Woods (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack), the Preservation Hall horns, and iconic guitarist, Duane Eddy. The songs on the album were written by Auerbach, along with artists that include John Prine, Nick Lowe and Pat McLaughlin.
Three Jumpers packs a stomping blues punch, hitting you with powerful raw vocals and snarly guitars! Check it out above and listen to more Robert Finley here.