Artist to Watch: Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch
Our first exposure to Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch was during one of their performances at a local venue. The place was packed, and everyone was having a great time listening to the band play. And it was easy to hear why, with just one listen I was hooked.
With a keen sense of songwriting and energetic performances, this Rhode Island band is one of the best currently playing the New England club circuit, and a gem just waiting to be discovered.
Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch are an alt-country / roots-rock band out of Rhode Island that have been playing relentlessly all over the Northeast. Their southern style twang and infectious hooks and melodies are causing quite the buzz amongst fans and critics alike. Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch are currently recording a new album to be released in 2010.
The band has performed at such venues as: Sullivan Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Trash Bar, and Uncle Mike’s in New York. The Blackstone, The Bon Vue, AS220, Jerky’s, and The 201 in Rhode Island. Church, Bull McCabes, Sally O’Briens, McGanns’ Pub, The Raven as part of the’Wormtown Hoedown’, and the Hard Rock Cafe in Massachusetts.
Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch’ were featured artist at both the ‘New England Americana Festival’ and the ‘International Pop Overthrow Festival’ in Boston, as well as the Keene Festival in New Hampshire and the ‘Freedom Festival’ & ‘Hempfest’ in Harmony, Maine. They will also be performing @ The Precinct in Boston for ‘Gram National 2010′, a festival celebrating the life of Gram Parsons.
They were also selected as one of the artists to play the 40th anniversary of Gap stores in Smithfield, Rhode Island and their songs ‘Probably Maybe’ and ‘Draggin’ Bones’ were selected through Reverbnation as free downloads made possible by Microsoft. Jeff also performed at the Jeff Buckley birthday celebration at the Metro & Uncommon Ground in Chicago in 2002.
Jeff Byrd – Lead vocals, Guitar
Dan Simpson – Guitars
Steve DelTufo -Drums, Percussion, Backing vocals
Shawn O’Brien – Bass