(Mascot Label Group/Provogue)
Prior to the release of Midnight Highway, super-talented teen Quinn Sullivan insisted he didn’t want to ‘completely break away from the blues’. Maybe so. But he’s almost there.
At times this is more a mix of country, alt rock and overtly commercial radio-friendly fare: Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming could be a massive mainstream hit whether or not it’s not snapped up by TN producers looking for the next big thing in theme tunes.
True blues aficionados might find Quinn’s decision to stretch the creative boundaries a tad disrespectful but forget, for a moment, that the 17-year-old has been schooled by the legendary Buddy Guy and brought up to respect the genre’s finest traditions. Judge Midnight Highway in isolation and it’s a fantastic modern rock record.
An evocative cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps allows Sullivan to show his chops but it’s his contribution as a songwriter on the original versions of Eyes For You, Going and Lifting Off that suggests this is the end of the beginning, rather than the beginning of the end.
Using blues as his foundation, his interpretation of the genre seemingly knows no bounds. And that’s got to be the most exciting thing about the mighty Quinn.