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Black Bayou

Robert Finley

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The cast of musicians on this album – although small – is undeniably impressive: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the heart and soul of The Black Keys; Kenny Brown (the historic guitarist from the late RL Burnside's band and an interim member of The Black Keys); Eric Deaton, a guitarist and bassist who was adopted by Mississippi (where he played with RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Valerie June, Hank Williams Jr, and of course – The Black Keys). The star of the show however - is unquestionably Robert Finley, always a notch above the rest.


Discovered with his debut album in 2016 when he was already over 60 years old, this Louisiana musician has become the torchbearer for unadulterated Southern African American music. He's a prodigious singer, and a true disciple of Howlin' Wolf. With a gravelly bluesman's voice, Finley can suddenly soar into falsetto on pure whim. While he was previously known for more soulful work featuring brass and choirs, melodious basslines, and strong gospel influences, Black Bayou sees Finley delivering a fourth album that's more pagan, tougher, dirtier, and wilder. In a word – it’s more bluesy. It's also funkier and rockier, infusing soul with a sense of intensity and urgency.


This is the kind of music that's played in small venues known only to regulars. It’s meant for the bars where the amps buzz, the guitars let loose, the fevers rise, and couples on the dance floor are drawn closer while storms rage outside. Think Ike & Tina Turner, Andre Williams, and all the nearly anonymous heroes of the juke-joint blues. Here - Robert Finley is one of them, a street musician and Saturday night struggler returning to his roots on this joyful album. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
Livin’ Out A Suitcase
00:03:09

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Carney, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

2
Sneakin’ Around
00:03:40

Ray Mason, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Carney, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake Botts, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

3
Miss Kitty
00:03:58

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Christy Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake Botts, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LaQuindrelyn McMahon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

4
Waste Of Time
00:03:34

Ray Mason, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake Botts, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

5
Can’t Blame Me For Trying
00:03:29

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Carney, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

6
Gospel Blues
00:02:49

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

7
Nobody Wants To Be Lonely
00:03:13

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Christy Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Clapping, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LaQuindrelyn McMahon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

8
What Goes Around (Comes Around)
00:03:36

Ray Mason, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Christy Johnson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Carney, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake Botts, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - LaQuindrelyn McMahon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

9
Lucky Day
00:03:24

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Quine, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

10
You Got It (And I Need It)
00:03:19

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Clapping, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Jacildo, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

11
Alligator Bait
00:06:10

Sam Bacco, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Auerbach, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Clemens, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Caleb VanBuskirk, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Allen Parker, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Finley, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - McKinley James, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Deaton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Douglas Deaton, ComposerLyricist - Tyler Zwiep, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Ullman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Easy Eye Sound

Album review

The cast of musicians on this album – although small – is undeniably impressive: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the heart and soul of The Black Keys; Kenny Brown (the historic guitarist from the late RL Burnside's band and an interim member of The Black Keys); Eric Deaton, a guitarist and bassist who was adopted by Mississippi (where he played with RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Valerie June, Hank Williams Jr, and of course – The Black Keys). The star of the show however - is unquestionably Robert Finley, always a notch above the rest.


Discovered with his debut album in 2016 when he was already over 60 years old, this Louisiana musician has become the torchbearer for unadulterated Southern African American music. He's a prodigious singer, and a true disciple of Howlin' Wolf. With a gravelly bluesman's voice, Finley can suddenly soar into falsetto on pure whim. While he was previously known for more soulful work featuring brass and choirs, melodious basslines, and strong gospel influences, Black Bayou sees Finley delivering a fourth album that's more pagan, tougher, dirtier, and wilder. In a word – it’s more bluesy. It's also funkier and rockier, infusing soul with a sense of intensity and urgency.


This is the kind of music that's played in small venues known only to regulars. It’s meant for the bars where the amps buzz, the guitars let loose, the fevers rise, and couples on the dance floor are drawn closer while storms rage outside. Think Ike & Tina Turner, Andre Williams, and all the nearly anonymous heroes of the juke-joint blues. Here - Robert Finley is one of them, a street musician and Saturday night struggler returning to his roots on this joyful album. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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