Frances Quinlan - Rare Thing

Song of the Day
Hosted by Cheryl Waters
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Cheryl Waters, host of The Midday Show on KEXP, is "Rare Thing" by Frances Quinlan, from the 2020 album Likewise on Saddle Creek.
photo by Julia Khoroshilov
written by Janice Headley

Frances Quinlan began recording under the name Hop Along, Queen Ansleis in 2004, her senior year of high school. The project eventually evolved into the band Hop Along, who just released their fourth full-length Bark Your Head Off, Dog last year on Saddle Creek. In 2020, Quinlan returns to a solo project model for the LP Likewise, her first release under her birth name, out January 31st via Saddle Creek. 

Though billed as a solo album, Quinlan brings her Hop Along bandmate Joe Reinhart along for the ride, co-producing the release together from his studio, The Headroom, over the span of a year. “One of the benefits of experience in my case has been that I’ve become a stronger and more adventurous collaborator,” Quinlan states via a press release. “Working with Joe on this made me able to better see that the guitar is just one vehicle... there are so many others to explore.” 

Quinlan heads out on tour early next year, including a Thursday, March 5th stop at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. See all the tour dates and stream today's featured track below.

Wed, Jan 15         Five Day Forecast 2020 at The Lexington               London, UK
Sun, Jan 19          Sleeping Village                                                       Chicago, IL, US
Thu, Jan 23          Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard                                 Milwaukee, WI, US
Sun, Mar 01         Swedish American Hall w/ Mary Lattimore               San Francisco, CA, US
Tue, Mar 03          Doug Fir Lounge w/ Mary Lattimore                         Portland, OR, US
Thu, Mar 05         Columbia City Theater w/ Mary Lattimore            Seattle, WA, US
Fri, Mar 06           Fox Cabaret w/ Mary Lattimore                                 Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sat, Mar 07          Copper Owl w/ Mary Lattimore                                  Victoria, BC, Canada
Wed, Mar 11        Henry Miller Memorial Library w/ Mary Lattimore      Big Sur, CA, US
Thu, Mar 12         Pico Union Project w/ Mary Lattimore                       Los Angeles, CA, US
Sat, Mar 14          The Casbah                                                              San Diego, CA, US

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