We'd like to invite you to Quinn's CD Release Party at The Independent on Saturday, July 16th. Local favorites The Mumlers will open the night with their indie-pop-folk-dance tunes.
"Under Covers" is the debut album by QuinnDeVeauxand the Blue Beat Review. The sound is "blue beat" – music that stems from the RandB, New Orleans soul, and gospel that form the roots of rock and roll.
Quinn puts on a dynamic show with his 7-piece band, which includes piano, bass, drums, and three gospel-tinged female background singers. For the past two years he's been getting young crowds moving to his classic sounds, and is stirring up interest in roots music in the Bay Area. Quinn has already headlined The Independent, has performed at Outside Lands, and will be opening up for Aaron Neville at Stern Grove on August 7.
His debut CD is a tribute to his influences entitled "Under Covers". It's a very cool contemporary take on the roots of rock and R&B, with songs by Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, The Meters, Chris Kenner and the Soul Stirrers.
QUINNDEVEAUX - the Blue Beat & the the new album, Under Covers - Background
Qunn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review are on a mission to establish a new genre in modern music: Blue Beat. This music stems from RandB, New Orleans Soul, and Gospel - the roots of Rock and Roll. Blue Beat hearkens back to a period where musicians would actually play, and where the audience actually moved. It's more than a throwback, however, because times have changed, and music has to change as well.
QDBBR bridges the gap between today's dance floors and those of early rock and rollers like Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Huey Piano Smith, and Quinn has the voice for it. He is raspy yet soothing to listen to, with declarative punctuations that let the listener know he means what he's singing about.
Their debut record titled Under Covers is a collection of grooves that the band has been playing alongside their original material to hone their sound and cement their influences. In the fall of 2010, the path ahead became clear. According to Quinn, "we simply had to make this record to pay homage to those who came before us, while at the same time bringing our own vibe to the mix." In this way, Under Covers paves the way for an album ofQuinn's original material which will be released early in 2012.
The band: Quinn's singing reflects his roots growing up outside of Chicago, while his electric guitar sounds like Muddy Waters channeled through The Kinks. Chris Siebert, on loan from Lavay Smith's Red Hot Skillet Lickers where he serves as band leader, burns up the keys. Down in the engine room that drives this train are Matthew MacGillivray ("Mattie Mac") on drums and Kenan O'Brien ("KO") on bass. Three backup singers, the "Quinntettes", provide warmth and movement. They sweeten the melodies, and crowds are often seen singing along and imitating the swaying singers.
The album: Produced by drummer Matthew MacGillivray, Under Covers features familiar tunes like "They All Asked For You" by The Meters and Sam Cooke’s "Good News" mixed in with lesser known numbers like the Soul Stirrers’ "Come and Go" and Muddy Waters’ "Tiger in Your Tank". The album was recorded mostly live, in the tradition of the original recordings, and sounds every bit as worthy a re-telling as when the Rolling Stones covered Robert Johnson’s classic Love in Vain. However, this record of covers also reflects trends in music which followed from these seminal tunes, from the British Invasion to recent soul revival acts such as Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Under Covers is a party album with a broad range. It'll make you want to see this band live where you can kick off your shoes and dance, and it'll make you want to follow this band going forward. The party's just getting started…
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