Souled Out On You
Get It While You Can
Sharecropper’s Son, showcases the best of Robert Finley as he uses his marvelously expressive voice—which can glide from a gut-deep growl to a soothing purr to a transcendent falsetto all in a single phrase—to tell the story of his life in song.
The album’s 10 numbers, produced by Dan Auerbach for his Easy Eye Sound label, are blues, soul, gospel, and rock-infused chapters from that life, weaving Finley’s own stories of picking cotton, country childhood, hardship on city streets, jail time, the pain and joy of love, the search for a better life and the dream of salvation into a spellbinding musical tale.
Cut-by-cut, this follow-up to Finley’s 2017’s Easy Eye Sound release Goin' Platinum! bristles with the visceral energy that can only be captured by creatively charged musicians playing live and spontaneously in the studio. In addition to Auerbach, who dips into a deep well of styles and sounds throughout, the band includes Mississippi hill country’s Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, veterans of Junior Kimbrough’s and R.L. Burnside’s bands, on guitar and bass, respectively. They’re joined by other notables: keyboardist and songwriter Bobby Wood, drum legend Gene Chrisman and the equally legendary Louisiana guitarist Billy Sanford. The line-up’s completed by a full horn section, bassist Dave Roe, who has decades of experience with Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and John Mellencamp, and drummer Sam Bacco, who has a long resume in rock, country, pop, and bluegrass.