Josh Rouse

105.5 The Colorado Sound Welcomes

Josh Rouse

Jeff Finlin

Saturday, September 29

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Armory

$20.00

Josh Rouse
Josh Rouse
“Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little” -- Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat. Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998). The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. The followup- Home (2000)—yielded the song “Directions” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky. “Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,” says Rouse. “I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.” For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, “I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.” While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time. The follow up, Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further. After relocating to Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit "Quiet Town". On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some songs in Spanish. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for "Do You Really Want To Be In Love," from the film 'La Gran Familia Española.' His most recent release, The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self-described as “my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record.” Charles Pitter astutely noted in Pop Matters. “The critics may long for drama and scandal, but The Embers of Time often demonstrates that a simple life could be for the best.”
Jeff Finlin
Jeff Finlin
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
Venue Information:
The Armory
314 E. Mountain Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524