By Brian T. Atkinson and Jenni Finlay
Kent Finlay’s skyrocketed aspiring artists for four decades now. You know the names: George Strait. Stevie Ray Vaughan. Todd Snider. James McMurtry. Eric Johnson. The list literally goes on forever. Each songwriter’s an unmatched talent with one common thread: Finlay launched their careers from the stage at his legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Finlay’s simply the most respected lyrical editor and talent scouter in Texas – not to mention a singular songwriter himself.
"I hope you enjoy reading the story of my friend Kent Finlay. He was a huge part of my early career, and I'm sure it was destiny that we met. We played together, tried to write together, had more than a few beers together and just plain had a lot of fun together. His part of Texas music history is huge. He and his great little honky tonk with indoor toilets gave me and a whole host of others a place to learn our craft and to learn how to be, sing and play music on stage. Thanks, Kent, for believing in the up-and-coming Ace in the Hole Band with a totally unknown singer who had big dreams and for helping make those dreams a reality. I'll never forget those days. Thank you, my friend. You are The Man."
– George Strait, July 2014
Jenni Finlay releases her first chapbook of poetry, entitled Table For One (Mezcalita Press). Acclaimed author Brian T. Atkinson recently submitted the book's foreword. "Turn the page," he writes. "You'll learn life lessons in care and compassion and calling your own heart into action." Illustrations by the amazing Marc Harkness complement the poems, written during the months when Jenni was her father's caretaker during his cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant. The bittersweet vignettes are as humorous as they are heartwrenching. Get your autographed copy of Jenni's poetry debut NOW!
"Beyond good." - James McMurtry
Jenni's second poetry collection, Orphan Poems is available NOW!
Orphan Poems chronicles the past year in heartbreak and healing since Jenni's father's death through letters and poems written directly to him. These intimate pages offer a difficult but universal message: Even after the most painful times, it's all right to rediscover happiness again.
"Jenni’s writing is beautiful, revelatory and like all my favorite writing – lived." - Rod Picott
Everyone needs help navigating the music business. Jenni Finlay, the celebrated radio promoter, record label owner, seasoned producer and house concert hostess as well as a published author and poet for good measure, has the answers. Evidence: Listen Up!: A Workbook for the Struggling Artist. The graduate of Nashville's lauded Belmont University for music business has combined her thirty years of music biz experience with advice from the gurus she's befriended along the way to put together a world of resources, tools and tips to help you. An easy to read PDF, you'll receive The Workbook instantly and be on your way to the NEXT STEP!!!!!