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.”