Quinn DeVeaux: “Left This Town”

Song of the Day

Quinn DeVeaux: “Left This Town”

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014

Last year, San Francisco’s Quinn DeVeaux released not one but two albums on the same day. The releases show off different sides of the same coin: Late Night Drive–hatched on a cross-country trip to Texas–is a collection of quiet, country-soul songs; Originals–made with his band the Blue Beat Review–accurately captures his energetic live shows. On both, DeVeaux bears down on the roots of rock-and-roll, reflecting his love of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Muddy Waters. DeVeaux brings the Blue Beat Review into town with a show tonight at the Whip In, and today’s song of the day will get you ready. “Left This Town,” from Originals, sounds like a Southern original, mixing gospel undertones with a New Orleans jazz feel. But a close reading of the lyrics proves he’s happy about leaving a different South: SoCal. The unholy L.A. traffic will certainly have that effect on people.