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Finn & The Sharks
Date of Publication -03 April 2007
Submitted by: rockabilly_girl
Category: Modern Bands
Country: United States

If you were around in the late seventies and early 1980's you probably were aware of an energetic neo-trend that grew up along side and within the Punk and so-called New-Wave Rock’n’Roll scene. It was a revival of what might be considered the first real rebellious teenage music genre that arose in the 1950's. It was called Rockabilly and right in the heart of it all was Finn & the Sharks. The band had a reputation for rocking hard and had an enthusiastic following whenever and wherever they played.

They recorded a four song EP entitled "Innercity Rockabilly" on their own label, Rebel Records (no relation to the Bluegrass label out of Charlottesville VA.) There was also a video of the title song that featured the band performing at the old Lonestar Cafe and at The Office which was their home base in Nyack NY. It was shown on MTV and also on the fledgling cable network Showtime. It got a lot of play in the club scene especially on the 'rockabilly nights' that became an obligatory part of the club calendar for a few years. These recordings, along with 16 more, are available on UpSouth Recordings 2005 release, “Shark Therapy”.

Finn & the Sharks do not fit neatly into the 'rockabilly' category. Their influences are broad and deep. Along with rockabilly, the band could shift to blues, swing, soul, doo-wop and roots rock without losing that element of youthful exuberance that marked the music of the 50's and early '60's. The band members, individually and collectively, are longtime music industry journeymen whose list of credits include having worked with B.B. King, Dave Edmunds, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Robert Gordon, Sleepy LaBeefe, Commander Cody, Asleep At The Wheel, The Psychedelic Furs, Joe Ely, David Bromberg, Lenny Kaye, Wayne Kramer, The Sun Rhythm Section w/ Sonny Burgess & DJ Fontana, Luther Allison and many others. Steven and Eddie backed up Carl Perkins in the feature film, "The Other Side Of Nashville," while Jimmy played bass on a single called, "Let's Put The Fun Back In Rock’n’Roll," that featured Bo Diddley, Freddy Cannon and members of Dion's Belmonts. Billy and Muddy Roues have written and/or recorded with Vassar Clements, Johnny Johnson, Robert Junior Lockwood, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, rapper DMC and Muscle Shoals greats Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Billy has also written songs with Danny Flowers ("Livin' On Tulsa Time") who co-wrote "Don't Get Me Started” which is featured on this CD. He has also written with Lonnie Mack and Jo El Sonnier. Brother Steven "Muddy" Roues played blues harp behind John Lee Hooker. Drummer, Eddie, plays a section on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” All are songwriters of some note and their songs have been covered by other artists and have also appeared in the soundtracks of movie and television productions throughout the world.

Their live shows are legendary for being high energy, heart pumping and roof shaking affairs. They are not to be missed!

Finn & the Sharks are:
James Finnen (lead vocals, standup bass, guitar and baritone sax),
Billy Roues (lead guitar and vocals)
Steven "Muddy" Roues (stand up bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals)
Ed "The Hammerhead" Steinberg (drums and vocals)


Discography

Built To Last(2007)
Built To Last, the new CD by Finn & the Sharks is now available. It is a full length release of new music by the band. The 2004 release of Shark Therapy is a collection of previously unreleased material that was recorded more than 20 years ago. Built To Last, on the other hand, has been in production over the last year and a half and represents the current work of the band with veteran producer, Larry Alexander. All the songs in this offering are Sharks originals.

Author Richard Connolly, the director of Circumstantial Productions, wrote this about Finn & the Sharks and their new release on UpSouth Recordings, “… Built To Last, a CD of original new music that builds on their earlier work in powerful new ways. From the opening track, “Rip Roarin’ Ready” to “Adios,” the final track on this 16-song CD, every song is rooted in particular styles and forms of American music. Each song is produced with care and precision, as the talents of each band member are highlighted. The result is an amazing combination of vocal and instrumental creativity.”
Sneak Preview (2006)
Sneak Preview is a preview of Finn & the Sharks brand new 16 song release, Built To Last on UpSouth Recordings. It is now available here at CDBaby. Go to cdbaby.com/finnsharks3 now!!!!

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Finn & The Sharks Album Reviews

Finn & The Sharks
Submitted by hankabilly (13 July 2009)
If you were around in the late seventies and early 1980's you probably were aware of an energetic neo-trend that grew up along side and within the Punk and so-called New-Wave Rock’n’Roll scene. It was a revival of what might be considered the first real rebellious teenage music genre that arose in the 1950's. It...
Finn & The Sharks
Submitted by hankabilly (13 July 2009)
If you were around in the late seventies and early 1980's you probably were aware of an energetic neo-trend that grew up along side and within the Punk and so-called New-Wave Rock’n’Roll scene. It was a revival of what might be considered the first real rebellious teenage music genre that arose in the 1950's. It...

Articles Where Finn & The Sharks is Mentioned

Finn & The Sharks - an interview with Billy Roues
Submitted by rockabilly_girl (11 April 2007). Topic - Interviews
Finn & The Sharks is a New York roots/rockabilly band which has been playing American music since the late 70s during the great rockabilly revival. Their current sound is as great and powerful as it was...

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Finn & The Sharks
Album: Built To Last
Song: Rip Roarin' Ready

Finn & The Sharks
Album: Unreleased
Song: Rhythm 'n' Ruin

Finn & The Sharks
Song: All Alone On A Saturday Night

Finn & The Sharks
Song: Rockabilly Bop


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