Craig Finn, "Clear Heart Full Eyes" (Vagrant)
Just before the final chord on the song "Terrified Eyes," Craig Finn counts out the beat "one, two, three, four" to ensure the band finishes together.
"Clear Heart Full Eyes" wasn't heavily rehearsed, and it benefits from the casual approach. With the Hold Steady on hold, lead singer Finn enlisted producer Mike McCarthy to hook him up with four musicians in an Austin, Texas, studio for his first solo album. He sang his vocals live, kept takes to a minimum and completed recording in a few days.