Most musicians don’t see a 50-year gap between the first time they picked up a guitar and the release of their debut album, but that’s just one of many traits of Louisiana-based soul-blues songwriter Robert Finley that makes his story unique. Having released his first collection of original songs (aptly titled Age Don’t Mean a Thing) in 2016 at 63 years old, we’ve been blessed with three more albums since then, most recent of which arrived a few weeks ago with Black Bayou also marking Finley’s third release through Dan Auerbach’s record label Easy Eye Sound.
In celebration of that release, Finley recorded a new episode of FLOOD FM’s “Hacked” for us in which he spins some favorite tunes spanning the Southern soul that influenced his own from the likes of Johnnie Taylor, Millie Jackson, and Jean Knight, to staples of R&B and blues from iconic figures like B.B. King, Ray Charles, and James Brown. You can hear the full episode when it airs every day this week (November 13 to 17) at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 10 p.m. PT on FLOOD FM. Tune in here.