Photo by Jim Herrington
I absolutely loved Robert Finley's 2021 Dan Auerbach produced Sharecropper's Son. The army veteran/former carpenter lost his vision in his sixties and started up his dream of making music. His latest single, "What Goes Around (Comes Around)," is this absolutely perfect dirty blues song with fuzzed out guitars. Of course, the true centerpiece of any of Finley's songs is Finley himself. The man just has this perfect voice for singing the blues. It's smooth but with just a little edge to it, and when he's singing it's impossible not to pay full attention. It's obvious to make comparisons to The Black Keys due to Auerbach's involvement, so I'll say that this sounds like when The Black Keys just started to smooth out their sound, and just before they blew up to play arenas.
Robert Finley says of his new single:
“You gotta reap what you sow... do to another what you would have done to you. Be real, tell the truth. For all those out there hurting, you just have to keep the faith. I've seen it over the years, especially with my career - you got to put joy out into the world and it will come back. It's never been anything short of the truth for me.”
You can watch the video for "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" below. Black Bayou is due out October 27 on Easy Eye Sound, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Robert Finley, check out the artist's website.