Jeff Finlin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This US singer-songwriter initially made his name as a drummer, an instrument that he first took up in high school. Finlin hung around Boston’s post punk scene in the early 80s, before making the decision to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, with his long-time friend and collaborator Gwil Owen. The duo formed the Thieves, whose sole album, 1989’s Seduced By Money, was produced by Marshall Crenshaw. Following the dissolution of the Thieves, Finlin abandoned the drums and reinvented himself as a guitar-playing troubadour. His self-produced debut Lonely Light (1991) established a healthy mid-period Bob Dylan songwriting influence, while Finlin’s raspy vocals evoked comparisons to Graham Parker and Tom Waits.

A short-lived major label recording contract with MCA Records failed to bring Finlin’s name to a wider audience, and he subsequently relocated to producer Pete Anderson’s Little Dog Records...

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