As he gears up for his first live concerts since the release of his acclaimed new album “Wide Awake” – including a performance at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and a September appearance with Larkin Poe – the singer, songwriter and guitarist Quinn Sullivan has just released a live take on his new single “In A World Without You,” filmed at Building Records this summer.
‘I’m beyond excited and ready to get back out on the road this fall and, of course, all of 2022,’ Sullivan said. ‘I wanted people to get a glimpse of what they’ll be seeing live, so I decided to put out a live performance of “In a World Without You.” Nothing beats all being together in one room sharing one moment with one another. Let’s do this.’
Just 22-years-old, Sullivan has already toured the world, collaborated with rock’s biggest legends, and developed genuinely jaw-dropping skills as a guitar player. But now, Sullivan’s more recent work has been with pen and paper, as he lets the abundant skills of his youth blossom and steers him into new directions of artistry and creativity. ‘”In a World without You” is one of my favourite songs off of the new album,’ Sullivan tells. ‘We shot it at Building Records, a recording studio in Marlboro, New York. I had an absolute blast making it. I had the opportunity to bring in some friends of mine to do this with me, which I think really added to the concept. Playing the drums is Lee Falco, playing keyboards is Will Bryant, and playing bass is Brandon Morrison.’
Recorded in Los Angeles with producer/collaborator Oliver Leiber, “Wide Awake” adds potent new arrows to a quiver already brimming with sure-shots, and it showcases the kind of forward motion that separates the artists from the mere players. ‘I want people to understand who I am as an artist,’ explains Quinn. ‘I think my audience will appreciate the fact that the guitar is still a huge part of who I am, and I can truthfully say all the songs are coming from a very honest place.’
A rare artist who’s always sounded older than his years, Sullivan has been touring the world since he was 11-years-old, playing storied venues such as Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., as well as India’s Mahindra Blues Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and three Montreux Jazz Festivals. Quinn has shared the stage with his hero and mentor Buddy Guy, as well as Carlos Santana on several occasions. Quinn’s performance experience includes appearances on leading national television programs Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS This Morning, to name a few.
As he moves into this new chapter, Sullivan’s constant credo has been growth and learning. ‘I want to stay true to where I come from, and go from there,’ says Sullivan. ‘The artists that inspire me to do that are always hungry for the new. They never repeat themselves. They just grow and become more unique — and that’s what I aim to do as an artist.’
Quinn Sullivan – US Tour
Saturday, August 21 – Avon, CT – Hike to the Mic Friday, August 27 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge Sunday, August 29 – Uncasville, CT – Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Friday, September 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest Sunday, September 12 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry Saturday, September 18 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Saturday, September 18 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House with Larkin Poe Sunday, October 17 – Lancaster, PA – Lancaster Roots & Blues Thursday, October 28 – Plymouth, MA – Spire Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, October 30 – New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Theatre Friday, November 12h – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House