Before she turned 18, singer/songwriter RoseAnn Fino had been thoroughly steeped in both country living and city sensibility, a duality that informs her smart, catchy brand of indie, country and rock. Fino grew up in a small farmhouse in the Hudson Valley with parents that ushered her into the music scene as soon as she could walk. Before she hit ten, she had collected a guitar pick from Bob Dylan’s band, a kiss on the forehead from Patti Smith and a guitar of her very own. At 17, she made her way to the city to study music performance at Hunter and cut her teeth in Manhattan’s open mic scene.
The wheels started to turn in a big way when she hooked up with some fellow Hudson Valley darlings, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, who served as her backing band on her self-titled 2013 debut, bandmember Aaron L. Hurwitz playing the role of producer and releasing the record on his own label, Woodstock Records. In June, Fino released her latest EP, Airing Of Grievances, which she recorded in one whirlwind day at Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn with a band made up of pals in the city and produced by bandmate Ryan Shapiro and Terry Edelman—the same formula that led to 2015’s EP, Out From Under.
Today, Elmore is premiering the track from her latest release, “Airing of Grievances.” The track has a rollicking beat paired with a contagious melody and lyrics that roll off Fino’s tongue with sass. “I wrote “Airing of Grievances” for all the depressed, manic, obsessive compulsive people out there working to get to their idea of happy,” Fino told Elmore. “I, myself, always felt shame in a way for not being the typical “happy go lucky” person. At shows I always say, “this is about throwing away my meds,” because for me that’s what worked, but that’s not for everyone, it’s about finding what works for you and finding the people in life who will love you just the way you are and never ask you to smile or make you feel embarrassed for having depression.” The bouncy, acoustic-guitar driven track complements Fino’s blunt, conversational style, which at times recalls Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett. From heartbreak and family frustration to working a crummy job and worrying about her weight, she ticks through a list of endlessly relatable, human grievances with her charming rasp. But by the end, she triumphantly embraces the flaws, “maybe I like my sadness, maybe I like the madness.”
Listen to “Airing of Grievances” below, and if you’re in NYC, catch Fino July 4th at LIC Bar 4pm and Shrine in Manhattan on July 19th at 8pm.