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