Finis started out in Dallas Texas in 1962 with a band called The Thunderbirds, playing bass and singing behind ZZ Hill. In 1973 Finis left Dallas and moved to Los Angeles, where he played and recorded with the Finis Tasby band and had some success until his chance came--his debut release was "People Don't Care" (1995, Shanachie Records). Following that, Finis released "Jump Children!" (1998, Evidence) and "What My Blues Are All About" (2005, Electro Fi). Since about 2004 Finis has been one of the vocalists for The Mannish Boys, many of whom played on that great Kirk Fletcher cd "Shades Of Blue."
This is what it says about Finis on the BlueBeat Music.com site about this new cd "Snap! Your Fingers." (BlueBeatMusic):
Finis Tasby has been a fixture on the Southern California blues scene for over 4 decades. Originally from Dallas Texas, Finis first made his mark on the Bihari Brothers BIG TOWN label in the 70's and has continued recording for labels as diverse as ACE- EVIDENCE- ELECTRO-FI & DELTA GROOVE. As the lead singer of the MANNISH BOYS, Finis has added his authentic soulful singing to their many fine releases over the past few years.....This set is reminiscent of early 70's radio blues with hit's originally recorded by the likes of BB KING- ZZ HILL & BOBBY BLAND. Kid Andersen's production is clear and crisp with just the right touch of sweetness for Finis' gritty style........
The band on this new cd include Finis on vocals, Kid Andersen on guitar, Kedar Roy on bass, June Core on drums. There are also a passel of guests, like Elvin Bishop on guitar, Lisa Leu Andersen (who adds a great vocal on "Ghetto Woman,") Lorenzo Farrell on organ, Bob Welsh on piano, organ and guitar, Sid Morris on organ, Scott T Miller on rhythm guitar, Butch Cousins on drums, Derrick Martin on percussion and a crack horn section of Jack Sanford on tenor/bari sax, Terry Hanck on tenor sax, and Ed Early on trombone.
I probably need to say that after this cd was recorded, in December 2013, Finis Tasby suffered a massive stroke. Since then he has been paralyzed on his left side, and he is residing at a long term care facility in California. Buying this new cd not only gets you some great blues music by one of the best vocalists around and a band of all-stars, but it provides Finis with an income when he could really use a hand. I hope everybody who reads this review will buy at least one cd. I paid for my review copy myself.
You can buy this cd at http://http://www.bluebeatmusic.com/