CD REVIEW: Quinn Hedges Band - Step Outside (CD)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Hedges is a marquee talent"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Quinn Hedges
Americana Rock Pop, R&B, Jam Band
After playing an abundance of gigs, concerts, and events, the band released their debut album, Step Outside, in 2012, and now fans can finally take the music home with them. The band is currently focusing on playing for bigger audiences at different venues and is looking into the possibility of touring. Playing great music for the fans is always number one on their list, so the band is currently writing new material to share with the masses. Band members include: Quinn Hedges (Vocals, Guitar), John Yessen (Drums), Jamison Aguirre (Bass).
The CD kicks things off with “Chemistry” a hooky intro piece that serves up methodical intro, steady rock beat, catchy vocal harmonies, and hooky melodic guitar accents from Hedges. Track 2, ”Over” shifts gears a bit with driving rhythm, infectious melodies, and well placed vocal harmonies. Track 3 “Tipsy Pig” serves up a tight R&B groove with classic psychedelic feel, slamming guitar work against a hooky chorus that flows and ebbs it's way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds its obvious Hedges and company are first rate players. Like a well oiled machine this 3 piece pumps out some amazing grooves, stylistic chops, impressive rhythm guitar ambience, solo guitar, slide guitar, horn section and impressive accents along the way. Guitarist Quinn Hedges deserves a lot of credit here. His musical style is in the vein of Peter Frampton, John Mayer, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jeff Healy, and even Dave Mathews Band . His music is consistent, presenting a pleasant blend of Pop, 70’s Rock, and classic Americana-Pop-Blues with a Jam Band jagged edge. Many of the songs within the catalogue are passionate, upbeat and positive, presenting care free subject matter and lyrical content. But true to Jam Band form you will notice a few impressive chops with dynamic musical flow. Hedges can also dish out some memorable solos and slide guitar work along the way. But aside from all the aforementioned it’s amazing how Hedges and company just make each song their own within the context of his writing style. I get the impression Hedges is one artist who’s comfortable in his own skin, and courageous enough to show us who he really is. From heartfelt “Step Outside” to hypnotic “Crazy” to epic “Searching my Soul” to rocking “Not Ready” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “With you There” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line – true to form Jam Band. Hedges should trim up his catalogue/songs by 10%. Hedges sits deep in the pocket vocally, however he needs to take more vocal risks especially during some of the finale moments of his songs. Spike the punch a bit with more blood curling emotion when the music calls for it. The 10 song line-up is a tad bit short when compared to other CD’ within the genera. Perhaps 2-3 more songs are needed to really hit it out of the park.
From start to finish “Step Outside” is a very entertaining collection of music. Its strong suit is its musical feel, amazing musicianship, and rock solid consistency. Song for song it’s extremely melodic and at times can even be infectious when it comes to the musicianship. My hats off to Quinn Hedges for letting it all hang out (vocals, guitar, songwriter). He's clearly a marquee talent. So if you’re looking for a consistent musical catalogue that dishes out a modern blend of Modern-day Americana, with Classic Blues and Jam Band with solid musicianship, and a straight forward vocal swagger, them I highly recommend you Step Outside head first.