Quentin Jones has spent most of his life in the music industry as a musician, songwriter, engineer, and producer. The combination of his musical skills has lead him to work with the biggest names in music and rock and roll history. As a guitarist he has an endorsement from Gretsch, representing the company’s Panther guitar. In 2016 Quentin Jones was enshrined in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee. Quentin’s guitar sound is known for his own unique style and sound. He has gained fame playing rock-n-roll, blues, surf, rockabilly and old time country and western.
The artists and acts Quentin has played guitar for on live shows reads like a who’s who of music: Peter Noone and Herman Hermits, Robert Gordon, Billy Burnett, Linda Gail Lewis, Dr Harmonica and Rockett 88, The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, BC500, the Rockats, Nick Kane of the Mavericks, Eddie Angel of Los Straightjackets, TV star Kenley Collins , Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel Band), David Uosikkinen (Hooters), Kenny Arronson (Stories, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Rolling Stone's bass player of the year), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan bass player)and Charlie Gracie , who took Quentin on the road with him when he was the opening act for Van Morrison.
Gracie talks about Jones’s talent and musical abilities in the book about Gracie’s life and career, “Rock N Rolls Hidden Giant.
Today, Quentin fronts his own trio, is the guitar player for the famed Dr Harmonica and Rockett 88, plays guitar with Billy Burnette, and he plays as a solo musician. Between all these shows Quentin currently plays an average of five shows a week!
As a performer, he has appeared on over 20 albums and singles with various artists from the early 1980s through today. Jones's "other band is the cult psychobilly/rockabilly band the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, who's music has been covered by major acts, has been feature in films and TV, and has been tweeted about by master author Stephen King.
As a producer. He has been behind the board for numerous artists, including Linda Gail Lewis, The Rockats, Charlie Gracie, Tommy Conwell, The Gas House Gorillas, Robert Gordon, Nick Kane, and many more. He also served as a co-producer with Al Kooper on 2011’s “For the Love of Charlie”, by Charlie Gracie, which was released in conjunction with ABKCO Records.
As a songwriter, Quentin has penned tunes for many artists including Jerry Lee’s little sister Linda Gail Lewis, the Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Charlie Gracie the Rockats, The Devils Daughters, and Kenly Collins.
Jones has work on projects that feature artists like Graham Nash, Peter Noone Jimmy Vivino (Conan O'Brian's band leader) , Dee Dee Sharp, Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel Band), David Uosikkinen (Hooters), Kenny Arronson (Stories, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Rolling Stone's bass player of the year), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan bass player),and Tommy Conwell.
Jones' musical career began humbly. He grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where his father and grandfather were famous show horse and harness racing trainers. His first guitar was given to him by his older brother Bruce, which in true rock & roll fashion was stolen from his uncle. Quentin’s great grandmother, Catherine MacDonald was known as the ‘nightingale of Scotland” in Scotland. At the turn of the 20th century she came to the United States, to attend the Boston Conservatory of Music and was mentored by Mrs. Andrew Carnegie. Sadly soon after she came to America she passed away.
Quentin’s Mother, Lila Sands Jones was a lyric soprano who performed in opera, concert, radio and tv. She recorded for Vox Records in the early 1960s. She was a protégé of Helen Jepson, a leading soprano at the Metropolitan Opera and Hollywood star.
Quentin began writing songs and recording them in fifth grade, after hearing Paul McCartney’s solo album “McCartney”. In 1983, Jones started a mersybeat-based band called the Crooners. That group released an all-original 14 song album on Llist Records. The disc got great reviews; critics compared the band's sound to those of the early Beatles, Zombies, and Hollies.
Throughout his life, Quentin has had diverse musical taste. He was, though, particular to most of the British invasion bands. Other influences gathered over the years included the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Hendrix, and many more. These artists, along with newer ones, would help shape Jones’ guitar playing and sound -- which would later lead to a major milestone.