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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quinn DeVeaux: The Bluesy Traveler

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

  • Paul Waters
Quinn DeVeaux uses his bluesy, soulful voice to channel the vibes of Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry in what many would consider neo-soul or neo-gospel, but if you ask DeVeaux, it’s just “timeless music.”

DeVeaux actually found his influence in someone else’s influence. Listening to bands like the Doors and Led Zeppelin in his youth led DeVeaux on a quest to track down the roots of their artistry. What he found (in musicians like Muddy Waters and Reverend Gary Davis) was a timeless blues sound he felt compelled to be a part of with Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review.

Getting his start in the Bay Area at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland, and then playing twice a month at Club DeLuxe (a spot DeVeaux holds dear, and refers to as his band’s “cavern club” and a “pocket of energy”), DeVeaux quickly became enamored with the idea of spreading the word via touring.

Evoking the old-timey imagery in an exciting new way, DeVeaux danced in the open streets of Bird’s Landing, a small unincorporated California community, in the video for his get-out-there-and-see-the-world anthem “Left This Town.”
DeVeaux recently spent two weeks in Nashville, recording at the Bomb Shelter (the studio the Alabama Shakes recorded Boys and Girls) with producer Andrija Tokic and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd working on some new material.

“You want everywhere to be your hometown,” DeVeaux said via telephone in Austin, Texas, while on his third national tour.  
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Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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