Joann Quintana Band
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Joann Quintana Band

Langley, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Langley, Washington, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Joann Quintana Kills Two Birds With Release of First CD "Sometimes A Sinner""

Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
Jan. 28, 2015

When Whidbey Island resident and singer songwriter Joann Quintana recently released her first CD, “Sometimes a Sinner,” she simultaneously reached double mileposts in her pursuit of two of her foremost passions: songwriting and starry nights. She can spend more time talking about the latter than the former, once she gets going.

The first song on the recording, “Dark, Dark, Dark,” is an ode to the disappearing darkness on our planet. A portion of album sales will go to the Dark Sky Association (DSA), which works to preserve the remaining dark areas on the earth where stars are still unobscured by ground light.

Her fascination with the dark night sky began on a trip to farm in southern Illinois, her home state. “We stopped the car, turned off the engine and stepped outside. It was completely black. I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, like in a cave. Someone said, ‘Look up!’ Oh my gosh, the stars. It was breathtaking!”

A visit much later in life to Truckee, California in the Sierras, convinced her that cities and towns could enact laws that would protect the view of the night sky while keeping lighting where needed in inhabited areas. That’s how she eventually became involved with the DSA.

Quintana has loved music since childhood, but her songwriting talent remained hidden until later in life. That has resulted in a bittersweet emotion for the songwriter during her moment of personal triumph; her late father, Elwood S. Hamick, to whom the album is dedicated, did not live long enough to hear her original songs.

“My dad knew I loved music” Quintana said. ”He loved Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. But he never heard one of my original songs before he died. My sister and I sang a Hank Williams song at his funeral.”

She strayed from music for many years after that. “I didn’t play the guitar for years and years,” she said. “After awhile, there was this big hole in my life and I had to get back to music. In Seattle, I started taking guitar lessons and continued for several years. I also began playing music with other people.”

Then one day, the words to a song just popped into her head like they were falling from the sky.

“I was standing in my kitchen cooking,” she said. “I had read some article about how our names can influence us. I was daydreaming, thinking if you had a name and your name was your destiny. I imagined a woman with a hardscrabble existence. What would it be like for her? Then I thought of Iris Dement! I have always loved her name. I wondered if I was named Iris Dement, would I be a different person?”

The song that resulted is called “Named For a Flower” and is on Quintana’s new CD. With names such as Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and Iris Dement figuring prominently in her personal history, it is no surprise to learn what sort of sound to expect from this late-blooming singer songwriter.

“Sometimes a Sinner” falls well within the Americana genre of music, which is primarily a roots Country and Appalachian mountain-music inspired folk approach. However, eclecticism is a hallmark of the genre and many other forms of American music, or at least elements of it, sometimes fall under its wide umbrella. Quintana describes her sound as rootsy and bluesy “with hints of alt country, rockabilly and salsa.”

The CD was recorded and produced at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle by Roots Channel founder Michael Thomas Connolly. Connolly sings and plays no less than ten different instruments on the recording and, as producer, is the person who conjured Quintana’s vision of her songs into reality. - Whidbey Life Magazine


Joann's first CD, "Sometimes A Sinner" was released in 2015 and produced and recorded by Michael Thomas Connolly of Seattle's Empty Sea Studios. It is available at cd baby at



Joann Quintana Band's acoustic-based songs range from catchy, upbeat, rockin’ country blues to witty jazz tunes to haunting Americana ballads. This up-and-coming, four-piece Seattle-area band performs songs that move people and get people moving. 

Joann's inspired songwriting draws from folk, rock, Americana and the Blues and the band's sound is continually evolving. Joann gravitates toward literate, roots-based songwriters, such at Patty Griffin and those who can rock, such as Lucinda WIlliams. Joann's first CD, “Sometimes A Sinner,” was released in 2015, and produced by roots music guru Michael Thomas Connolly of Seattle’s Empty Sea Studios (Coyote Grace, The Blackberry Bushes, Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer). Joann Quintana Band features acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and dobro and steel guitar.

Joann's songwriting and music career accelerated when she moved full-time to Langley on Whidbey Island, with its laid-back artistic vibe and a creative population of world renown authors, acclaimed artists and musicians. She formed her island-based band with other recent transplants.

Joann's fellow band musicians fuel the creativity of her songwriting. Bass guitarist Kevin Voigt brings years playing in an Afro-beat band in Hong Hong (and other genres before that) to the table. Lead guitarist Tom Ehrlichman brings a rich resume of acoustic and electric rock, blues and classical guitar and multi-instrumentalist talent. Dobro and steel guitar player Thom Barkes brings a background playing electric and upright bass in acoustic rock, blues and bluegrass bands.   

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