Category Archives: Singer-Songwriter

Life After Death – The Essential Jeff Finlin

Jeff Finlini - Life After Death artwork

I’ve not shied away from singing the praises of Jeff Finlin’s creative output in the past, he appears on Beat Surrender numerous times, if you failed to take the hint on previous occasions then now’s your chance to make amends as the singer-songwriter will release Life After Death- The Essential Jeff Finlin on the 9th September in the UK, it’s hard to to criticise the track choices on the twenty track career retrospective particularly when it features some of absolute favorite Finlin tracks, Sugar Blue Too, Postcard From Topeka, Alchemy and Somewhere South of Wonder – though if it were up to me I’d have released a double CDs worth as the man has so many great tunes in his back catalogue.

Here’s a selection for you, there’s more to feast your ears on if you search the blog archive, do yourselves a favour and get this album if you’re not familiar with Jeff’s work.








Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), music, writing and travel became fascination for Finlin. He began with a wanderlust, traveling America using every form of transportation, with the exception of tuk tuk (still on the bucket list). Having played in bands in Boston, Ohio and L.A, he finally wound up in Nashville with long-time mate and Academy Award nominee Gwil Owen to form the rock band The Thieves. They released the acclaimed ‘Seduced By Money’, produced by Marshall Crenshaw on Capitol Records. Venturing out on his own he went on to produce the self-released ‘Lonely Light’ before going on to produce the Little Dog/ Mercury release, ‘Highway Diaries’.

Never one for the convention of Nashville, he moved to the far west of America and set up shop. For the last 12 years he has been delivering writing and music of depth and candor that has consistently made its appearance around the world. His song “Sugar Blue” found its way into Cameron Crowe’s feature film “Elizabethtown” alongside the likes of Tom Petty, Elton John, Lyndsey Buckingham and My Morning Jacket. This new compilation of his work from brand new West London based label Man In The Moon Records represents a distinctive core of his music and poetic thought.

Sober since 1997, Finlin took up the practice of yoga to enhance and promote his spiritual life. His resulting work documents a spiritual path of experience that became the main focus and structure of his art and life. He recently began work on a foundation called Recover.Yoga with the hopes of giving back the practice of yoga to people in all forms of recovery. Jeff has also just released a new book of poetry which will probably blow a few minds alongside his prosaic music, it’s entitled ‘The Seduction Of Radha’.

Jeff Finlin / Facebook / Twitter

This track doesn’t appear on the album, but any excuse…….

Amy & Otis – album & tour news

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Amy Lashley’s excellent debut album featured on Beat Surrender back in 2011, now she’s back with a new one, co-produced by partner Otis Gibbs and Thomm Jutz, I not had a listen to the whole album just yet but with these folks involved it’s going to be a keeper for sure, here’s the video for Blame The Wind from the album





Otis himself has just finished a new album, with the release date to be announced soon, he’s on tour in the UK and Europe in September and October.

Otis Gibbs Tour Dates
More info
09/29/16 London -Green Note
09/30/16 Torquay -The Crown and Sceptre
10/01/16 Brosely -The Birchmeadow Centre
10/02/16 Sheffield -The Greystones
10/04/16 Norwich -The Bicycle Shop
10/05/16 London -Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club
10/06/16 Pocklington -Pocklington Arts Centre U
10/07/16 Gateshead -Caedmon Hall
10/08/16 Glasgow -Glasgow Americana Festival
10/09/16 Glasgow -Glasgow Americana Festival
10/11/16 Birmingham -The Kitchen Garden Cafe
10/12/16 Nottingham -The Maze
10/14/16 Basingstoke -The Forge At The Anvil
10/15/16 Plaxtol -Plaxtol Memorial Hall
10/17/16 Groningen -De Spieghel
10/18/16 Amsterdam -Paradiso Noord, Tuinzaal

Amy Lashely / Otis Gibbs

Sound & Vision – Molly Parden

“Kentucky, I”
“In the summer of 2012, I was on my first tour and fresh out of a confusing and short-lived romance. At the end of the 2-week run, I couldn’t keep my feelings buried anymore, they all came pouring out as I drove away from one of the last gigs. I had just witnessed the most beautiful sunset in Berea, Kentucky and remember thinking that it looked like cotton candy — like I could just reach out and taste it. I’ve always had an enormous penchant for horses even though I didn’t grow up riding, and Kentucky is horse heaven in my mind. I was searching for peace. The refrain is basically me just crying, with no real words to describe how I feel. It took me a long time to grasp that rejection and be okay with moving on without closure.”

From Molly’s latest EP With Me In The Summer

Molly Parden / Facebook / Twitter

Bryde – Live on the Gerry Building, L.A. + UK Dates



AUGUST
SAT 20 GREENMAN FESTIVAL
SAT 27 CARDIFF, HUB FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER
SUN 4 CAMBRIDGESHIRE, LODESTAR FESTIVAL
SAT 10 CARMARTHEN, BIG CWTCH FESTIVAL
OCTOBER
THU 13 LONDON, THE COURTYARD THEATRE
SAT 22 CARDIFF, SWN FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER
TUE 01 BRIGHTON, HOPE & RUIN
THU 03 BRISTOL, THE OLD BOOKSHOP
FRI 04 SOUTHAMPTON, NOTES CAFÉ
SUN 06 GLASGOW, BROADCAST
MON 07 NEWCASTLE, HEAD OF STEAM
TUE 08 MANCHESTER, FALLOW CAFÉ
WED 09 LEEDS, OPORTO
THU 10 BIRMINGHAM, SUNFLOWER LOUNGE
THU 17 NORWICH, SHOE FACTORY SOCIAL CLUB


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