Bay area songwriter and soul singer Quinn Deveaux has his own term to describe the music he plays: “blue beat dance music.”
“For the soul of humanity,” he says. Quinn and his band come to the Eugene area behind his latest release, Originals, a collection of dance songs, he explains. “Tunes you can set on repeat from Saturday night through Sunday morning.”
Eugene is one of his favorite places to play, and he jokes one day he’ll find his wife at the Oregon Country Fair “in a homemade skirt and painted face,” he says. “Who can tell?”
Songwriting is Quinn’s passion. He calls his tunes children who are “all grown up and shaking their ass. It sounds a bit like ’50s rock and roll and ’70s soul rolled up into one.” But, of course, Deveaux says to really get a feel for it, just come out and see it live. “I love to sing and play but I love these songs I play. When folks come out to see us they’ll get a sense of how much this band loves what we’re doing.”
Quinn Deveaux played Wednesday, July 12, at Sam Bond’s Garage. You can catch him in a free show 8:30 pm Monday, July 17, at Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove, also with Ahsi-ti-nu, 21-plus.