The printed comparisons of Amy Finders' voice to Joni Mitchell, Maria Muldaur, and "Allison Kraus with power" have all fallen short of describing the mesmerizing experience of her singing. Mike is the songwriter. He weaves his barstool philosophies and folkloric stories in a humble, hang-dog tenor while picking his old Martin guitar. Throw in accompanying instruments - mandolin (Amy) and harmonica (Mike) - and the canvas is well-laid for this duo's artistry.
Their 2002 release, "Crystal Blue Morning is one of the best local releases to come out in this or any other year. It says something that you can put it in the CD changer with Gillian Welch - or even Ralph Stanley for that matter - and not have it seem out of its league," said Todd Kimm, Little Village, Iowa City. The next CD to come out, Where You Are, promises to be one of their finest works yet. It is slated for release on February 14, 2004 and contains six new Mike Finders songs & two re-releases as well as three covers. Reviews are available on the web site.
After touring for four years as a duo, Mike & Amy have settled in Iowa City (2001) and since been joined by Billy Valencia as full-time stand-up bassist. A number of "side-guys" often lend their talents to this group in the form of fiddle, Dobro or banjo. Hundreds of gigs a year have honed these "individual's unique talents into the sort of sound that enthrawls audiences far and wide, offering a whole much greater than the sum of its individual parts..." - Will Jennings of Big Wooden Radio.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Crystal Blue Morning
2. Losin' You
3. One Night Together
4. Fifty Dollars
5. Don't You Know Me?
6. Sacramento Train
7. Frankie and Johnny
8. I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
9. Her Reward