Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Sorry (Thoughts and Prayers)" moving and strident sounds shaped by stories of gun violence by RoseAnn Fino

"and if you're so scared of your fellow man, you always keep a pistol by your right hand then don't say that you're sorry when another kid dies...."

Singer Songwriter RoseAnn Fino possesses an activist's heart and you can hear this tone in the passion of her vocal performance. She began writing Sorry (Thoughts and Prayers) in 2012 after the Trayvon Martin murder. She says: 

 "I couldn’t wrap my head around how a 17 year old boy unarmed could be shot down in the street and his killer could walk free. I would start writing the song and then put the guitar down, not quite sure I had the words or the authority to write a song about such a heartbreaking topic. Shooting after shooting, whether it be in a nightclub or a school or sometimes even the police, drove me to finish this song. We live in a country that continually breaks the hearts of parents with senseless gun violence. We are in such fear of each other, we don’t look at who is profiting off of our blood. I wrote this song as a plea for change. We don’t have to live like this"

Sorry feels classic and timeless hinged on folk / country guitar supported by violin and subtle swelling organs and RoseAnn's blistering vocals. I could write about the all to relevant lyrics but it is just better that you listen and feel this emotional song and shout it from the rooftops.
Robb Donker


RoseAnn Fino grew up in a small farmhouse in the Hudson Valley that always had Dylan or Springsteen blaring. Her parents, avid music fans, began taking her to nightclubs and concert halls as soon as she could walk. When she turned five her father put a guitar in her hands. A kiss on the head from Patti Smith when she was eight, a pick from Bob Dylan's steel guitar player when she was ten, these moments shaped her and gave her a drive to become a performer herself.

Fino moved to New York City when she was just seventeen. There she began writing her own tunes about booze-fueled nights and tongue in cheek love. She studied writing and music performance at Hunter College. A plucky, awkwardly dressed country girl, she began shakily playing her songs at open mics. Soon she began to find her voice: a mix of city punk with country/americana roots. Though, it wasn't until she went into the studio with producer Aaron L. Hurwitz (Professor Louie-The Band) to record her debut album in 2013 that it all started to come together. Featured on the recording is the legendary group Professor Louie & The Crowmatix with guitarist John Platania (Van Morrison). With the album, which was released on Woodstock Records, she was able to solidify her expressive singing and distinctive style. 

In 2015, she went back into the studio, this time Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn, with a bunch of her friends and recorded her EP "Out From Under" in one day. Deciding to take a different approach, this time she co-produced the album with her musical companion and beloved bandmate Ryan Shapiro.  This EP was released in September 2015 with a follow up EP "Airing of Grievances" released in the spring of 2016 using the same formula. 

In 2017, she began a concert series called "Not My President-A Monthly Show of Resistance." Each month, at venues all over the city, she hosts an event to raise money for different nonprofits. These events have been featured in BRIC, Time Out New York, AXS, and more.

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