In the wake of the pandemic back in 2020, David Quinn left his adopted headquarters of Chicago in favor of a move to rural Indiana, into a house on a lake. This new — dare we say “Country Fresh” — setting enabled him to tap into the nostalgia of his childhood and rev up his creativity. For years he had been trying to find the words to describe his sound and what set it apart from his contemporaries. Last year, it finally hit him: he was making Black Dirt Country music. It’s the sound of midwestern storytelling, in the vein of his biggest influence, the country folk of John Prine, who was also born and raised in Illinois.
Self-proclaimed “Black Dirt Country” artist Quinn gives us a laid-back heart wrencher on the single, “I Just Want to Feel Alright.” Blending pedal steel swells and understated vocal harmonies in all the right ways to remind us of all those moments you really wish you could take back. His self-produced third album, Country Fresh, comes out on April 15.
“I never stopped thinking about it and started using the phrase ‘country fresh’ to describe how I was living and all the things that I like. It just stuck with me and once I wrote the song ‘Country Fresh’ it ended up being the whole theme of the record,” says Quinn.