Ahead of his appearance at SXSW next week, singer, songwriter and guitarist Quinn Sullivan has just released a new video for “Real Thing,” a standout track from his latest album Wide Awake. Directed by EJ Noro and featuring a guest appearance by Serena Marques, “Real Thing is a song I wrote 5 years ago with a songwriter by the name of Rebecca Correia,” Sullivan recalls. “I was going through a break-up at the time and the song came to mind during a conversation we were having about being on the road and missing someone, which sparked the idea for the video.” Sullivan has been on the road this winter supporting singer/songwriter Beth Hart’s coat-to-coast US tour.
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, with his latest album Wide Awake, Sullivan’s work has been with pen and paper, as he lets the abundant skills of his youth blossom and steer him into new directions of artistry and creativity. 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
Wednesday, March 9th – The Wilbur – Boston, MA*
Thursday, Mach 10th – The Wilbur – Boston, MA*
Thursday, March 17th – Mint Talent Group @ Augustine – Austin, TX (SXSW)
Friday, March 18th – Parlor & Yard – Austin, TX (SXSW)
Saturday, April 2nd – Park City Music Hall – Bridgeport, CT
Saturday, May 7th – Red Banks, NJ – Count Basie Cener for the Arts*
Sunday, May 8th – Glenside. PA – Kenswick Theater*
Mon, March 8th – Fri, March, 17th, 2023 – Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea
* Opening for Beth Hart