British country singer-songwriter Gary Quinn – EP – I Remember – Review
British country singer-songwriter Gary Quinn is set to release his new EP- I remember – tomorrow (Sept 2nd).
A native of Northern Ireland, Quinn cites U.S. country artists such as Brad Paisley, Hal Ketchum and more as influences. He’s won a number of British Country Music Awards — and is nominated in multiple categories for the 2016 ceremony — and was a runner-up in the 2010 Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival International Songwriting Competition. Quinn has also shared the stage with acts such as Kristian Bush, Clint Black and songwriter Bob DiPiero.
Gary Quinn has a large following in the UK and is certainly not a new name to me but just someone I have not had the chance to sit down and listen to yet – until now, of course!
I Remember – is a five track EP following his most recent single Shame – which debuted at no.7 on the UK Country Music I Tunes chart.
Body Language – The first track off the EP grabbed my attention right away with it’s intro containing a respectable amount of traditional country instruments which remain throughout the song. Body Language is very much a song that you would have been heard on country radio during the days they played a lot more traditional modern sounding country. Sonically – this song reminds me of an early Brad Paisley and Josh Turner – who are two of my favourite artists that we just do not hear enough of these days so it is nice to see other artists retain that element of traditional country, especially within the UK.
Shame – as I mentioned was the first single off this EP. Again this hosts a good use of musical instruments. Shame is a relatable song to many people I should imagine. It’s lyrics speak of relationship mistakes that you tend to repeat over and over again with the same person and never truly learning from your mistakes. As the famous phrase goes Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me. Lyrically – this song is a much more elaborative, story-telling version of that one saying. It is far from a depressing song though, in fact it has a nice consistent, toe-tapping beat throughout with a nice mid-tempo melody.
All this hurt all this pain, Is so much worse ‘Cause I’ve been here more than once with you
You’re not to blame, that’s why it’s such a shame – Oh, shame on me.
First Glance – a nice love song about that first glance feeling. Again, this holds similarities to Brad Paisley – who is no stranger to writing lyrics on the nice side of relationships such as the song THEN. Another mid-tempo song, this is sweet lyrically and quite catchy. This song has a lot of appeal and it’s melodic stylings are captivating.
Each Night You Lie – a more of a slow-tempo song and quite a sad song about feelings not being returned and despite having someone lay next to you, they are not really there and it leaves an empty and isolated feeling. The song has nice harmonies making the song more effective. The melancholic chorus brings a very strong traditional sound that entices you to sit and really listen to the lyrics and the melody.
I can’t help wondering where you go, each night you lie beside me.
Best Man Won – the last song off the EP and probably the most catchy. It has a nice rhythmic melody to it and is another toe – tapping tune. With a memorable chorus – I found myself singing along in no time.
Gary has a nice traditional voice staying true to his British roots as well as delivering an element of US Country without it being forced. If you are a fan of British Country Music then Gary will certainly not disappoint you and if you are a fan of traditional country then I am sure you will find Gary to be very refreshing to listen to. So few country acts deliver music with traditional sounds these days and to me, music really stands out when they do, after all, country music is all about the Fiddle, Mandolin and Banjo to name but a few instruments as well as it’s truth- telling lyrics.
I Remember is out tomorrow and available to purchase here :
Gary will be out on the road from next week with UK duo Luke and Mel, the dates are below.
5 September – Cluny 2, Newcastle (with Luke & Mel)
6 September – Broadcast, Glasgow (with Luke & Mel)
7 September – Gullivers, Manchester (with Luke & Mel)
8 September – The Islington, London (with Luke & Mel)
26 September – Butlin’s Country Music Festival, Skegness
12 November – Vaqueros Country Music Weekend, Filey