Quinn Sullivan first picked up a guitar when he was three years old. He was still a little boy when he showed up with his guitar at a Buddy Guy concert, and Buddy invited him onto the stage to show what he could do. Impressed, Buddy took the kid under his wing.
I first saw Quinn perform a year or so later when he took the stage with at B.B. King’s club in Manhattan. He was just eight years old, but already, I could see his potential.
Now, at age 16, his singing voice has matured and his guitar playing is so good that he, along with Shun Ng, Boogie Long and Ronnie Baker Brooks, make me feel good about what the future holds for the blues. You can learn more about Quinn and his music here.
It’s great to have the photo of Quinn reading A Scourge of Vipers because the hero of the story, Liam Mulligan, is as big a blues fan as I am. The book is the fourth in my Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels about Mulligan, an investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, R.I.
The novels have received rave reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and a host of other publications. You can order them from independent or chain online bookstores by following this link.