Blues rock duo coming to St. John's

Justin Brake
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Music

St. John's will get an injection of mainland rhythm and blues-oriented blues rock this weekend as Rick Fines and Suzie Finnick roll into town for a pair of shows at the Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall Friday and Saturday.

The duo, who have been supporting their first effort "Nothing Halfway" since 2006, are visiting the province for the first time.

Rick Fines and Suzie Finnick, taking time out here to relax, will be performing in St. John's Friday and Saturday. - Submitted photo

St. John's will get an injection of mainland rhythm and blues-oriented blues rock this weekend as Rick Fines and Suzie Finnick roll into town for a pair of shows at the Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall Friday and Saturday.

The duo, who have been supporting their first effort "Nothing Halfway" since 2006, are visiting the province for the first time.

"It's interesting because this makes the last province or territory on my list," says Fines, sipping a cappuccino in a Water Street cafÉ Wednesday afternoon. "It's been a long time coming, and somehow or another I made it to Nunavut, the NWT and Yukon before I ever made it to Newfoundland."

Fines was in town a few days early to continue his "Blues in the Schools" work, which involves educating local high school students on blues music and about setting realistic goals as musicians.

He also planned to meet some local songwriters and fiddle players to educate himself on traditional Newfoundland music, a genre he says he hasn't yet explored.

"I want to get some inspiration from Newfoundland fiddle tunes," he explains. "It would be an abrupt turn for me, but I want to get the idea to see how they go with bottleneck slide guitar. I find myself falling into some of those patterns when I'm just playing and practicing on my own and I thought I should educate myself a bit better."

Fines' background in traditional blues and with Vinnick's rock 'n' roll background combine for a high-energy R&B-blues-rock sound that carries through "Nothing Halfway" with consistent precision.

The album features several session players, including former Janis Joplin pianist Richard Bell, who passed away last June.

Bell, who also played keyboard for The Band in the '90s, was an integral part of the recording process of the album, says Fines.

"Richard was one of those guys who would hear the song and have a quick discussion about what direction he wanted to take it in and nail it right away," he explains. "It brings an innocent nostalgia to a song. He plays it like the song's already 20 years old."

Also featured on the album is former Big Sugar drummer Al Cross, who also influenced the record's direction.

"Al contributed so much to the album ... he would even change the direction of a song and we would get really excited about it and catch it right away," says Fines.

On tour, Fines and Finnick play as a duo more often than not, and plan to showcase a lot of the duets from their record while plucking selections from their solo albums for their St. John's shows.

Though their influences differ stylistically, Fines says they've broadened each other's musical horizons.

"Musically, I think that over the years playing together Suzie has pushed me to rock cause she's a rocker from the start," says Fines. "So that's a big influence she has on me.

"We can share criticisms and know that we're not criticizing each other, but just looking to make a song better, and you don't always find that between songwriters."

Tickets for Friday and Saturday's shows are $15 and are available at Fred's Records or at the door.

Organizations: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall, The Band, Fred's

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Water Street Nunavut Yukon

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments