1-11-18 Folk Radio Uk Premiere's "Hard Times Again"
Hard Times Again is the new single from Americana singer/songwriter R. Finn (aka Chris Rondinella), off his forthcoming debut LP, Collecting Trip. Co-produced by legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lennon), Collecting Trip is an ode to Finn’s deep dive into folk and Americana. The album also features contributions from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Sean & Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and more.
"This song is about cycles of addiction. In this case metaphorically a woman. I wanted to see how far I could push the imagery negatively about this person, only to return to her again at the end of the song. Something most people can relate to in one way or another, whether pills, love, or video games. Everybody’s got something they’re running back to.The song started off as a Ray Charles “Busted” list type song and kind of took off from there. Though not intentionally I hear a lot of Townes in there. Which I don’t mind, cuz’ I love his records. In its essence, this is really a folk song. Oddly enough it became the one on the album with the most production. It got the kitchen sink treatment, but I’m happy where it ended up."