Quinn Hedges – SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF STORMY CLOUDS: There are players who “just play”, & then there are artists who brim with creativity and put every ounce of their being into producing quality music that will wrap the listener right into their envelope, and make them remember what they are hearing. Quinn is definitely part of the latter group, and as you listen to tunes like the emotionally-charged “You Don’t Even Know” (the guitar lead on this just SMOKES, and his weave of strings into the mix will hold you spellbound), you will know why I fell in love with his high-energy talent as soon as I spun the first few bars of Quinn’s 2016 release…. you can verify that by checking out this 2-cool YOUTUBE video:
Quinn makes a note of saying that the album is “intended to be listened to from beginning to end, guiding the listener through a self-reflecting musical journey about life in transition.” No advice could be better, except I would add that the first sitting should (definitely) be done with headphones on… Quinn’s vocals on “Loss for Words” are among the best I’ve ever heard (and that is truly saying something, as I listen to hundreds of vocalists in the course of a year)… he also plays masterful & high-energy guitar on tunes like “Fly Away“… absolutely “on” music, all the way through (the organ on this tune is SUPERB)! The player list he assembled is far too long to list here, but you can read more about that on Quinn’s CD Baby album notes.
My personal favorite of the dozen tunes offered up is “Forever More“… a wonderful blend of lyrical artistry, instruments that will capture your ears & not let go, and some excellent backing vocals! The keyword for this fine release is “SOLID”, and I give Quinn and his cast of high-energy, high-talent musicians a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Read more about this great player at the Quinn Hedges website. Rotcod Zzaj