Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Guitar Prodigy,
Buddy Guy Protégé, Sets New Album Release
Getting There, His Debut Pop, Blues and Rock CD On SuperStar Records planned for June Release
Six years ago, legendary multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when an eight-year-old boy named Quinn Sullivan joined him on stage demonstrating amazing musical prowess. Guy, so taken with the youngster’s preternaturally mature guitar-slinging skills, became a mentor to the New Bedford, MA native. That circumstance led to Quinn’s playing a blistering solo that belied his tender age on “Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes,”—a track on Skin Deep, Guy’s 2008 Grammy-nominated album that also included guest performances from Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Quinn would go on to tour with Guy, who would proudly introduce him to an international audience.
Now the just-turned-fourteen-year-old has fulfilled his mentor’s vision with an all-new album to be released by SuperStar Records on June 18th. Getting There was produced and co-written with Grammy award winner Tom Hambridge, who first encountered Quinn during Buddy Guy’s Skin Deep sessions (an album Hambridge also produced.) The Getting There album showcases Quinn’s wide range and includes blues, pop and rock tracks that will appeal to music fans of any age that favor authentic guitar-driven grooves and melodies. Quinn, as it happens, is as adept at vocals as he is at making his beloved Stratocaster sing.
Since his “discovery” by Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan has appeared on national televisions shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has shared stages not only with Buddy but also with such greats as B.B. King, Jonny Lang and many others at iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl and both New York’s Apollo and Beacon Theaters. Quinn received a major honor being the youngest artist to play the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and will be performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April, along with an all-star lineup and in Columbus, Ohio at the Blues for a Cure charity event on April 27th. .
Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin said: “He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi (Hendrix)!” John Heithaus, managing partner of SuperStar Records, noted of his label’s latest signing, “Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s brilliant new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!”
Buddy Guy remains one of Quinn’s biggest boosters, having said on the record in no uncertain terms, “You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.”
Quinn Sullivan is excited that he has Getting There, his own album on the way, and said, “I‘m excited join forces with SuperStar Records and to work with Tom Hambridge whose production, tours and songs with Buddy, BB King, Delbert McClinton, Susan Tedeschi, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Shemekia Copeland and so many others I totally respect. I’m living my dream every day, learning from the masters and looking forward to playing for everybody in person and on the album. “
For more, go to quinnsullivanmusic.com and follow Quinn on Facebook (quinnsullivanrocks), Twitter (quinnsullivan1) and his You Tube channel (quinn sullivantv).
Current Tour dates:
Thu 04/11/13 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Fri 04/12/13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sun 04/14/13 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Thu 04/18/13 Quebec City, QC Palais Montcalm
Fri 04/19/13 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Sat 04/20/13 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Sat 04/27/13 Columbus, OH Blues for a Cure
Sat 05/18/13 Raleigh, NC Moore Square
Sun 05/19/13 Annapolis, MD Sandy Point State Park
Thu 06/06/13 Chicago, IL Grant Park
Fri 06/21/13 Lexington, KY Lexington Opera House
Sat 06/22/13 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
Wed 06/26/13 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Thu 06/27/13 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Fri 06/28/13 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
Sat 06/29/13 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Tue 07/02/13 Kennett Sq., PA Longwood Gardens
Sat 07/06/13 Thunder Bay, ON Marina Park
Fri 08/02/13 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
Sat 08/03/13 Lowell, MA Boarding House Park
Wed 08/07/13 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
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