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Album of the Week: Sharecropper's Son by Robert Finley

Sharecropper's Son, available now

Busking outside of a music festival, Robert Finley was discovered in 2015 at the age of 63. His debut album, appropriately titled, Age Don't Mean a Thing, eventually made it's way to Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) who approached him to record together. The story goes that Finley walked into the studio in leather pants, snakeskin boots, a big belt buckle, leather cowboy hat, a leather duster with a can he wore in a holster on his hip. Already a star.

Sharecropper's Son is his 3rd album (produced by Auerbach) and touches on a lot of his early life. Born into a sharecropping family in the Jim Crow-era South, Finley spent his childhood picking cotton and attending a segregated school in Louisiana. Always attracted to music, Finley bought his first instrument at the age of 10 when he was given money to buy a new pair of shoes. 

A carpenter for much of his life before losing his sight to glacoma Finley reconnected with his love of music, channeling it into a second (or third or fourth) career that will be lasting. 

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.