Quinn Sullivan’s scene is serene – when he’s “not performing or doing music, which is 95 percent of the time”. The American guitarist/singer-songwriter states: “My scene is I like hanging out with friends, I like traveling a lot, I like going on day trips with people. I’m an outdoors kind of guy. I love trees. I love walking around and venturing out, checking out food, I love to cook, I’m getting more into that now. And I love photography as well.”
The child prodigy just celebrated his 18th birthday with “a few friends and some family” describing it as “fun” and “awesome”. Whereas most eighteen year olds are just starting out in the music industry, Sullivan is an expert, having released three albums to date and having played with the who’s who in the blues industry. Sullivan has shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, just to name a few.
“I hope I’m an inspiration.”
Sullivan has so many standout moments but “Crossroads 2013 at Madison Square Gardens was a really big moment” for him in his “career so far”. He states: “Crossroads was on top of what anyone would want to do in their career. It was just such an amazing time, meeting different people, seeing people play and also playing at the festival with people who also consider me their peer which was really cool; really inspiring. They didn’t have to treat me anyway; I’m a 13-year-old kid walking in there, I had no business being there, but somehow I was.
“I have no plans to tour Australia but it is definitely on my bucket list. I really really would love to go down there, so I hope so soon.”
Being surrounded by all these blues greats hasn’t limited Sullivan’s music tastes nor narrowed his creativity with his own songwriting, especially with his latest release, Midnight Highway. He states: “I still listen to the same people that I listened to when I was 5, but I think it’s evolved a lot. I listen to a lot; from pop music to r’n’b to a little bit of rap, a lot of rock’n’roll and of course I always go back to blues. I like people who tell stories in their music, in rap, like EMINEM, he’s inspiring. With pop music, I love Ed Sheeran right now, he’s my all time favorite of people to listen to. And you go to my music library, that’s one of the first things that pops up on there. So it all kind of moulded into one (with this new album).”
Sullivan’s sound in food form is “a cross between bbq, on the grill cooking up stuff, pork and ribs, that would explain the rock/bluesy type of thing and then, clean it up with some cake …”
MIDNIGHT HIGHWAY is out now. Grab your copy HERE
Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than half of his young life.
Midnight Highway is a song that takes you on a journey from start to finish. The song was written and produced by the great Tom Hambridge and the idea of the song fits perfectly into what my life is like at the moment. I immediately fell in love with the song because I related to the message that it sends out, which is the fact that no matter what, you have to keep moving and growing on whatever path you choose to take. – Quinn Sullivan.
His third studio album, Midnight Highway, was produced by multi GRAMMY® winner Tom Hambridge – who also does double duty as Quinn’s studio and road drummer – and will be released on March 24th, 2017 (Mascot Label Group/Provogue). The album is yet another milestone in Quinn’s extraordinary journey, which began with him jamming with the kids music combo Toe Jam Puppet Band at age three, appearing on Ellen when he was six, and being taken under the wing of blues legend Buddy Guy at age eight, whose protégé he remains to this day. Midnight Highway was recorded primarily at Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studio with some of the greatest players in Nashville, including many of the same musicians who played on the Buddy Guy albums that Hambridge produced. These include bassists Michael Rhodes and Tom Macdonald, guitarist Rob McNelley, and keyboard player Reese Wynans, a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble.
Tom Hambridge calls Quinn “a sponge who soaks up everything that’s around him,” adding, “he’s listening all the time and he just so happens to be around great artists. Every time he plays, it’s a little deeper. Buddy Guy is, of course, his mentor, so he channels Buddy’s over-the-top reckless abandon.” That’s completely understandable, as Buddy has, more than once, advised Quinn, “Just go out there and show them why you’re here… make them remember you.”
Off stage, Quinn is well aware of the unique opportunity he’s been afforded and is very focused on music as an ongoing pursuit. He contrasts his experience with many of his contemporaries’ – “They’re struggling to come up with what they’re going to do when they’re out of school, but I’ve decided this is what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life.”
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