Candlebox guitarist - Brian Quinn joins Guitar Thrills Magazine as Contributing Editor

Posted: November 30, 2023

Cover Photo by: Jay Wescott

(11/30/23 Tampa, FL) Guitar Thrills Magazine is proud to have Brian Quinn join us as a contributing editor to our monthly issue. Brian Quinn an extensive background of experience in the music industry. A guitarist for Candlebox Brian Quinn will be valuable with his insight into the needs and conditions of the music industry. You know Brian from his stellar guitar playing with Candlebox. He has also interviewed previously with Guitar Thrills Magazine.

Brian Quinn Interview: Phantom success. The trend of the day. Wave goodbye to bad business practices.

We look forward to his future column with Guitar Thrills Magazine. We continue to add talent, and Brian Quinn is just one example of that.


Brian Quinn is a multi-dimensional touring and session guitarist who has spent his career writing and performing in globally recognized bands across various genres of music, including rock, metal, blues and country.

He first picked up the guitar at the young age of five and was playing sold-out shows by the age of 15 with his hardcore band Burial Ground (1990-1996). He spent six years performing in the hardcore circuit and released an independent album with a huge fan following before moving to Philadelphia, PA.

Soon after arriving in the city of “Brotherly Love,” he co-founded the Philadelphia-based rock band Octane (2000-2005). Still considered one of the most successful bands to come out of Philly, Octane sold more than 20,000 copies of their independent debut release and enjoyed more than 1,000 spins of the single “I For One” on Philadelphia rock station 94.1 WYSP.

During this time, Quinn was named “Best Guitarist” in the region by the Philadelphia Music Awards in 2001 and 2004 and was praised by fans and critics alike for his signature guitar technique, especially on slide guitar, and dynamic stage presence.

After enjoying five successful years with Octane, Quinn left the band to found a blues-based, hard rock band that would later become known as Fosterchild. This project quickly gained national attention and the band was signed to the SMG/ILG/WARNER record label from 2007-2010. After touring the country numerous times with Fosterchild, the band culminated its journey with a special invitation to perform for the U.S. troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where the group played in front of thousands of soldiers.

Today, Quinn is the lead guitarist for multi-platinum, Seattle, WA-based rock band, CANDLEBOX. Quinn provided the critically acclaimed guitar work on CANDLEBOX albums Disappearing In Airports (debuted at #9 on the Billboard Charts), Disappearing Live, and Wolves (peaked in the top 10 on two Billboard charts “Hard Music Albums” and “Alternative Albums”). CANDLEBOX has recently released their eighth and final studio album, The Long Goodbye, and is currently on an extensive North American tour with 3 Doors Down.

During his career, Quinn shared the stage with such acts as: Slash’s Snakepit, Gene Simmons, Metallica, Kid Rock, Disturbed, Judas Priest, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Alter Bridge, Godsmack, Deftones, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, Warren Haynes, Marshall Tucker, Devo, and many other notable performers.

In addition to performing with CANDLEBOX, Quinn routinely guests with the American Vinyl All Star Band, featuring Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Bros.), Barry Goudreau (formerly of the band Boston), Robert “Mousey” Thompson (Wilson Pickett/James Brown), Leroy Romans (The Wailers), Tim Archibald (Peter Wolf/RTZ), and Danny Beissel (Fosterchild).

Quinn is currently endorsed by Gibson Guitars, DR Strings, Milwaukee Guitar Company, Landry Amps, Planet Waves Accessories, and LPS Clothing.


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