Louisianan soul singer Robert Finley visited the ONErpm studio for a legendary on-air performance after his Easy Eye Sound Revue with Dan Auerbach at Ryman Auditorium. Finley’s age and impaired vision hasn’t slowed him down. In fact, the vocal powerhouse is in the peak of his career.
After losing his eyesight, Finley was forced to retire from carpentry. The self-taught musician began busking and was ultimately discovered by The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. Auerbach gathered to his studio in Tennessee a Murderer’s Row of all-time-great session musicians to record an album of songs he had written with the likes of John Prine, Nick Lowe, Pat McLaughlin, and others, with Finley as their vocal anchor. From drummer Gene Chrisman (Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield) to keys player Bobby Woods (JJ Cale, Bobby Womack) to horns by Preservation Hall and guitar by the legendary Duane Eddy himself, the assemblage was nothing short of towering—and, for Auerbach, the focus on Finley provided the icing on the cake.
Goin’ Platinum! was the result and is available everywhere now via Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Watch Finley perform “Medicine Woman” and “Get It While You Can” and listen to the complete interview below.