by Lena Nelson
Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings, soon to release their second EP Sweet Thursday, are a self described rhythm & blues orchestra led by bandleader and conductor extraordinaire, Quinn Devlin. On their first EP, an extended play, The Bridge Street Kings keep it clean with classic R&B and jazz riffs. Devlin’s voice is rich in color and emotion and is backed by a lively and virtuosic band. Devlin gives his Bridge Street Kings room to shine. On the first track of an extended play, "It Ain't Why It Just Is," a lively guitar solo and a boisterous saxophone demonstrate the learned jazz background of the Bridge Street Kings. In an interview with Rare Candy from November 2016 Devlin enthusiastically praises each of his band members and expresses the immense gratitude he feels for his musicians.
The first single from the Bridge Street Kings’ upcoming EP, “It Ain’t Me,” upholds the big band dynamic from the first EP but stylistically takes some different directions. The track starts out with the exuberant saxophones we expect from the Bridge Street Kings, but when Devlin starts singing, a more moody side of him is revealed. His verses are accompanied by dramatic and dark piano chords and a fantastic, bluesy baseline. Sparse and dramatic guitar playing sets the tempo and mood. Devlin embraces a slower, darker, and more country influenced vocal style on the verses. The choruses break free into the big, open R&B sound found on the Bridge Street Kings first EP. The track ends jubilantly yet abruptly, leaving the listener with the echoes of the chorus’s huge sound still in their head.