In 2011 Quinn Keon released a 4-song sampler entitled "A Little Taste of Quinn Keon". Labels, distributors, radio promoters, management and booking agents are encouraged to
request their free copy of this high-energy rock CD.
Quinn Keon's own brand of "Attitude Rock" is a full-on guitar assault. Quinn says the origin of his music comes from life itself. He draws on his own experiences from the most
basic to more complex feelings. Some of Quinn's favorite "high-energy influences" range from short skirts and high heels to 4-wheel drive mud trucks and high-powered rifles.
Quinn Keon says he represents the working class. "You have to work a little harder if you want to play. Nothing has come easy for me. Itís a lot of hard work and determination every day and
the perseverance to overcome many obstacles."
With his unique style combining melody and brute force edge, Quinn is able to deliver a dynamic musical performance. With several vocal and instrumental compositions in his arsenal, Quinn shows
that he is capable of switching gears with his guitar style, but when he downshifts into "Attitude Rock" youíd better hold on because itís one hell of a ride.
When Quinn Keon was fifteen, he got his first guitar and quickly became addicted.
He had always known that he wanted to pursue music, but now he knew for sure with what
instrument. Already being an accomplished trumpet player, Quinn began to incorporate his
guitar style into his high school jazz band when it was appropriate. By the end of his
high school years, he had earned every music award that the school provided.
The years following have found him playing guitar and singing both on his own and with a band.
Quinn Keon and the Lockouts was formed in 1990. Quinn had written several
rock songs such as Better Off Dead, Too Much to Drink, and Up to Me, Walk Through Me that
this group performed. The members were Quinn Keon (Guitar & Vocals), Bill Beach (Drums),
Jerry Leonard (Guitar), and Jeremy Johnson(Bass).
Quinn Keon and the Lockouts
evolved into the name First Amendment in 1991. Quinn began to write some heavier material
for First Amendment to perform. Some of Quinn's better known songs are from this
period such as Second Attempt...Failure, Sands of Time, and Playing the Game. The members of First Amendment
shifted a bit in 1991 and by 1992 Quinn and Jeremy joined with drummer Tom Vernon to
Quinn had worked hard playing, recording, and marketing the band's sound. However, after visits to both New York
and Los Angeles, the band broke up. "I often wish that we had stayed
together because we had such a great sound. But as I look back, I see it as an inevitable
event. Three guys in their early twenties all looking to explore life; we all just went
our separate ways."
The following two years found Quinn writing and playing with a different sound. He was
playing a 12-string acoustic guitar and his music had a much lighter feel. There seemed
to be a lot of honesty present in the music at this time. A few of these song titles were Forever, Falling, and Lonely Days
In 1995, Quinn had an accident that left him with a crushed left wrist and right ankle,
as well as a broken right knee and right elbow. The injury to his wrist was severe, and it
was doubtful that he would regain use of his hand or ever play the guitar again. It took
Quinn two years of painful determination to finally be able to play again. "I had to learn to play all over again. Many movements that my hand could perform before
were no longer available to me. It was very difficult to work around my new limitations."
In 1997 Quinn re-formed First Amendment with Tom Vernon. He had been experimenting writing
some jazz material prior to his injury and some of this material was completed during this
time. Quinn and Tom came up with a new instrumental sound and performed as a
two-piece. They began to experiment playing more jazz/fusion and jazz/rock. This
experimentation led to songs such as Cold Fusion, Six, and Aces High. "By digging deep
into my jazz roots, I was able to create a surprisingly full sound from
just one instrument."
In late 1997 Jeremy joined Quinn and Tom to do some recording of
their old material. In this session they recorded Sands of Time, Playing the Game, and
Return to Me. Quinn and Tom played after this for another year or so before it became
In early 2000, Quinn had Jeremy and Tom help record some additional songs
to complete his album Second Attempt...Failure. This album contains songs from both
earlier and current Quinn Keon eras. "This is a neat collection
of songs...mostly rock with a little bit of jazz."
Second Attempt...Failure was released in 2002 on Quinn's own Bad Kitty Records. From there Quinn headed back into the studio to finish writing and recording
his acoustic album entitled Lonely Days Passin'. Both albums are available at CD Baby and Amazon.com.
2007 and 2008 saw Quinn hitting the Michigan rock scene with full force. Headlining all over the state, Quinn's band(Jerry Leonard, Chris Charnes) rocked the house with a full assault of greasy, gritty, guitar licks. Opening for national acts like Winger and Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Quinn showed that his sound has enough modern edge to stand apart from some of the best rock and blues sounds to date. Quinn is currently recording a new 12-track CD he calls a "high energy rock album with lots of attitide."