Life is good Main Stage Saturday 1:45pm - 2:30pm
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.