New Bedford native Quinn Sullivan may only be 18 years old, but the precocious blues rock guitar-slinger counts the legendary Buddy Guy as an admirer and mentor and has already shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Los Lobos, Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa. Not too shabby for a teenager.
Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. Armed with a searing, explosive tone and a style that echoes his mentor Guy and other legends like Hendrix and Clapton, Sullivan plays guitar like a man well beyond his years. He’s already released three albums, including this year’s acclaimed Midnight Highway, played at storied venues like Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden – traveled overseas – performing at both the Montreux Jazz Festival and India’s Mahindra Blues Festival – and appeared on national TV, with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Sullivan’s music career got an early start. He began taking guitar lessons at age three and first gained national media attention at age six when he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He garnered more attention when Buddy Guy asked him to come on stage and play during a performance at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Theater in 2007 and an unlikely, though solid bond was then formed between the great Chicago bluesman and the eager youngster from Massachusetts.
Two years later, Sullivan opened for Buddy Guy on his East Coast tour during the summer, played his own set at the summer music festival Lollapalooza, as well as the Austin City Limits Festival. He released his debut album, Cyclone, in 2011, following it with Getting There in 2013. His newest release, Midnight Highway, features the radio-charting single “She Gets Me.”