Playing simple acoustic renditions of “Now That I’m Back,” “Went to LA,” and “Piltdown Man,” all drawn from the new album, Quinlan shows off the striking vocal turns and chord progressions that anchor each song, without the production choices heard on record.
Likewise is the first album Quinlan has released under her own name. She recorded it after making several acclaimed albums with her band, most recently 2018’s Bark Your Head Off, Dog. “It’s crazy to think that in a couple years I’ll have been in Hop Along for half of my life,” Quinlan recently told RS. “I just wanted to see where else I could go.”
She added that she hopes to get back together with Hop Along when conditions allow: “I don’t want to take Hop Along for granted. I miss them, honestly … I’m hoping, knock on wood, to get into the studio as soon as possible.”
Quinlan’s “In My Room” session follows performances by Sting, Joan Jett, Fuerza Regida, Lauv, Waxahatchee, Lucinda Williams, James Bay, Lukas Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Graham Nash, Yola, John Fogerty, Grace Potter, and many more.
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