Country Music People May 2019 - Page 49

Starting his musical career as a jobbing drummer, based out of his home city of Chicago, David Quinn would spend those long hours on the road working for other people writing songs for himself. Armed with a reasonable collection of finished work he contacted Andrija Tokic, owner and head honcho at the Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville and this project is the result. Tokic himself is best known for his work with Alabama Shakes and The Deslondes and the band he put together for this studio work comprised Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Brandy Clark and many more) on bass, Jimmy Lester (Billy Joe Shaver) on drums and Micah Hulscher (Margo Price) on keyboards. Others make valuable contributions. The result is an interesting debut album; an intriguing mix of two step traditional and boundary pushing exploration. In a recent American interview Quinn said “lyrically the song Wanderin’ Fool sums up who I am, but Where The Buffalo Roam might be a better representation of where I am going musically.” As a newcomer to Quinn’s music I found myself immediately engaged by the simple but impeccably tight shuffle which is Cryin’ Shame and then further enticed in by the very commercial Grassy Tales – surely a single all day long. We then take a leap into classic rock’n’roll with pounding piano and a spot on 1950’s feel which is further enhanced by a delicious fuzzy guitar solo. In My Dreams and Three Quarter Time bears the mark of Tokic’s previous work with The Deslondes. It is worth mentioning that all these tracks were analog recorded direct onto tape, there is no studio trickery just impressive musicianship. This entire album is a delightful mix of dancehall shuffles, waltzes and pleasant surprises; the songs are well constructed without a superfluous lyric anywhere and Alexis Saski’s harmony vocals are little short of sublime. I sincerely hope we get to hear a lot more from David Quinn over the next year or two, to my mind he represents all that is good about putting a modern twist onto a country sound that will always endure. I do, however, wish there were more of this album; yes we have nine excellent songs which succeed in fulfilling that old showbiz adage of “leave ‘em wanting more” but at twenty six minutes it is, for me anyway, a couple of ounces short of a full pound. Chris Smith MAY 2019 - cmp 49