NQ Arbuckle’s critical acclaim is backed by rave reviews from literary giants like The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and Uncut. With three releases on Six Shooter Records, X O K (2008), Last Supper in a Cheap Town (2006) and Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata (2002), as well as the recent duets record Let’s Just Stay Here, recorded with Carolyn Mark and released on Mint Records, NQ Arbuckle consistently appears on critics’ Best Of lists across the country. NQ’s releases have been nominated for two Junos (Let’s Just Stay Here and X O K) and a Canadian Folk Music Award (X O K).
NQ has done the tour of duty to SXSW, the UK, twice to Italy, and across Europe with Luke Doucet and Justin Rutledge as part of the Triple Barrel Tour, while making fans out of a who’s who of Canadian musicians, including Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, Corb Lund, Elliott BROOD and Martha Wainwright.
From hot dogs to Huntsville, muddy trenches to Parkdale patios, NQ’s lyrical style is straightforward barstool honesty, the kind of late-night storytelling that always keeps you up for one more round. Alongside NQ, the Arbucklers are Peter Kesper (guitar), Mark Kesper (drums) and John Dinsmore (bass).
“Quinlan favors languorous country tunes full of concrete details and proper nouns that evoke the open highway or a decrepit roadhouse or a second-guessed relationship.” – Pitchfork
· Officer Down (Dakota Sessions)
· Sun’s Hanging Low
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