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Ground Control Touring Welcomes The Hold Steady and Craig Finn

Ground Control Touring Welcomes The Hold Steady and Craig Finn

Posted 09/19/2022

Formed in 2003, The Hold Steady have released eight albums, numerous singles and played over 1000 shows.

The Brooklyn-based band has performed in all 50 states in the USA and throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. The Hold Steady music has appeared across movies, advertising and TV, including on Game Of Thrones and Billions, in addition to writing original material for Seth Meyers cartoon The Awesomes and Meyers’ 2019 stand-up comedy special Lobby Baby.

In February 2021, The Hold Steady released their most recent record, Open Door Policy, which achieved the highest chart position of any The Hold Steady release, debuting #6 on the Billboard Current Album Chart. Vulture hailed that the record “expands their horizons,” and “gives the Hold Steady new heft and variety without undercutting the sharpness of the hooks or singer-guitarist Craig Finn’s heart-wrenching novelistic lyricism.”

2022 will see the band returning to their extended multi-show runs in cities across the globe, including The Weekender in London, England in March. Following that are appearances in Toronto, Melbourne (Australia), Nashville, Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles, before the their classic December Massive Nights weekend in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bowl.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards, vocals), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer/songwriter based in New York City, best known as the singer of The Hold Steady. Finn spent the ’90’s leading Minneapolis indie band Lifter Puller, which released 3 albums and an EP. After relocating to New York, he joined with Lifter Puller member Tad Kubler to form The Hold Steady in 2003. The Hold Steady quickly achieved critical acclaim and a worldwide fanbase with their unique pairing of dense lyrical narratives with big rock guitars. The Hold Steady has released eight LPs, including ‘Open Door Policy’ in February 2021. Finn released his first solo album in 2012 with three additional solo LPs put forth since 2015 – ‘Faith in the Future,’ ‘We All Want The Same Things,’ and 2019’s ‘I Need a New War’ – which coalesced into a sign-of-the-times musical trilogy. Finn’s debut book “I Can’t Keep Saying Thank You”, a collection of his song lyrics, was also released in 2019. A double album of B-sides/outtakes ‘All These Perfect Crosses’ was released in 2021 accompanied by a limited-edition graphic novel/comic book.

Finn’s fifth solo album, ‘A Legacy of Rentals,’ was released in May 2022 to great fanfare. Pitchfork praised it saying, “The writing remains the main attraction in Finn’s work, and both as a storyteller and a rock songwriter, he has never sounded more in control. From the beginning, he had a gift for meticulous, vivid world-building, and his wordplay has gotten tighter as his subjects have come down to earth.”

He recently launched a podcast series, That’s How I Remember It.” Co-produced and distributed by Talkhouse, the new series examines the connection between memory and creativity. Each episode features a discussion between Finn and one creator – including musicians, authors, filmmakers, and more – about the role memory plays in their art. These exclusive conversations reveal the different ways each creator synthesizes their remembered life experience to tell stories about themselves and the world we live in. Season one featured guests Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers), Fred Armisen, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Maggie Smith, and more.

When performing his solo material live, Craig Finn is joined by a dynamic group of musicians called The Uptown Controllers.

Related Artists: The Hold Steady, Craig Finn

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