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Jeff Finlin---Bio

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), Jeff Finlin is a fascinating, unique artist. His career has taken many twists and turns.

He began with wanderlust, traveling America using every form of transportation, with the exception of rickshaw (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 ("A Softer Place to Fall") to form the rock band “The Thieves”, which released the acclaimed "Seduced by Money", produced by Marshall Crenshaw on Capitol Records. In 1993, he went on to produce the self-released "Lonely Light" before going on to produce the Little Dog/ Mercury release, "Highway Diaries".

The Chicago Sun Times said:
"Fiinlin writes with the minimalist grit of Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver - tune in and you will hear an elusive magic."

Next it was on to New York, where Jeff incorporated the likes of Mark Ribot (Tom Waits and Elvis Costello) and Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), to produce “Original Fin”, which was released on BMG/Gravity in the UK and Ireland and NBFNY in the U.S.

Music Row Magazine called the record:   "A do it yourself piece of musical brilliance - Simply manna to the literate songwriter’s soul."

Uncut Magazine called Finlin    "A real find."

In 2000, Jeff was invited to perform at Sir Paul McCartney’s “Buddy Holly Tribute” at the Mermaid Theatre in London. 


Then in 2002 "Somewhere South of Wonder” came out  garnering Finlin,  'Album of the Year' accolades on Virgin Radio's Captain America Show . A tour opening for Steve Earle in the U.K. and Ireland followed.

The Album "Epinonymous" followed in 2004.

In 2005, Jeff's Song "Sugar Blue", from the 2002 album "Somewhere South of Wonder" was selected by Cameron Crowe for the soundtrack of his film "Elizabethtown". 


"Angels in Disguise" was released on Warner Brothers Records in the UK and then on Rykodisc in the United States in 2006. Jeff released the final installment of his trilogy, "Ballad of a Plain Man", in 2008 and "The Tao of Motor Oil", in 2010.

A new live recording was released in the spring of 2012, supported by a U.S. and European tour.

Having played venues all over the world, including The Barrowlands - Glasgow , Scotland, Shepard’s Bush Empire-London UK, The Olympia—Dublin IE, Royal Concert Hall-- Edinburgh UK,  Jeff  continues to tour the world in support of his work.

In the spring of 2013 Jeff Released the epic “My Moby Dick” along with an extensive book of prose titled “Time Less Travel”


In 2016 an essentials package was released on Man in the moon records.

In 2017 Jeff released The Guru in the Girl as well as another book of Prose Tiled "The Seduction of Radha.
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Peter Cooper of the  Nashville Tennessean said of the record-   “Some folks come to Nashville, amble over to Music Row and look for a cookie-cutter solution. Hand Jeff Finlin a cookie cutter, and he’s liable to melt it down and then forge it into something sharper and more dangerous.”

Tune in for an illusive magic


Contact at jfinlin@yahoo.com

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