Friday, April 26, 2013

When Quinn The Guitar Prodigy Got There

Last week's Crossroads Guitar Festival featured blistering sets from road veterans like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, but some of the biggest cheers of the festival went to a kid who is still in middle school: 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan.

The young player traded fiery licks with Guy on highlights like "Damn Right I Got the Blues" and joined Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Robbie Robertson and more during the finale jam.

"It was so surreal," Sullivan said. "I'll never forget it: Madison Square Garden, the standing ovations. It was crazy."

The festival was a milestone for Sullivan, who became interested in the blues after seeing the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival on DVD. He started playing at age three, when his parents gave him a First Act acoustic guitar; by six, his skills landed him an appearance on Ellen. The next year, when Sullivan's hero Buddy Guy played a gig in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a family friend brought Sullivan backstage to get his guitar signed. "I just did a few licks and Buddy told me, 'You be ready when I call you,'" says Sullivan. "I was like, 'What?" MORE HERE  & HERE

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