Review: QUINN SULLIVAN “Midnight Highway “
By: Dave (DOS) O’Sullivan
This album, Quinn’s fourth solo outing, marks a coming of age for this 17-year-old Blues prodigy who goes from strength to strength on each release. Having played live since he was 13 years old and being mentored by legendary Chicago blues master Buddy Guy since he was eight and part of Buddy’s touring band, Quinn is arguably the future of the blues.
Veteran players like Michael Rhodes and Reese Wynans along with drummer and producer Tom Hambridge add a classy feel to the album which was produced at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios.
The opening track ‘Something For Me‘ has a distinct Buddy Guy influence and some great keyboards from Wynans. You could easily think that track two ‘Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming‘ was Tom Petty which in itself is a great comparison to a great artist. The title track again features Wynans beautiful organ playing and is a standout.
‘Eyes for you‘ is an acoustic outing which shows another side of this young man’s playing ability which is absolutely first rate. Songwriting is another string to his bow, having co-written three of the album tracks. The album is not strictly all Blues, however featuring a beautiful rendition of George Harrison’s ‘While my guitar gently weeps‘, The Beatles being another strong influence on this young man’s music.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has been quoted as saying that “Quinn Sullivan has mastered the vernacular of the blues “, I for what it’s worth agree.
Midnight Highway is the perfect addition to any good collection.