Thursday, June 2, 2022
Brian Cutean/QTN is a teller of wild tales filled with wordplay, wonder and colorful guitar chops. With a wry sense of humour and a whole wheat love of irony, the Oregon songpoet and wordsmith musician originally hails from the Chicago area and his offbeat songwriting and touching observations on the socialography of the human condition are articulate, hilarious and imaginative. He has released nine albums of original unforgettable songs.
Born and grown in the Chicago area absorbing late night transistor radio, urban blues, outside jazz and the acoustic folk scene of the fifties, late sixties and early seventies. Seasoned by 20 years in Austin and Central Texas and then steeped for 30+ years in the Pacific Northwest, Brian's "Squint-Yer-Ears Music" is incisive with wild poetry and wordplay, engaging stories and Wordless Guitar instrumentals. His contagious energy draws listeners in as he careens from the ridiculous to the sublime in the course of a single set.
The Oregonian, Oregon's statewide daily, writes: "With his guitar and high tenor, Cutean's songs are playful, energetic and honest." The Austin Statesman says: "Brian Cutean's repertoire of original songs and lyrics are introspective, satirical, delightfully absurd and always acoustically gentle to the ears…”.
Others have written:
"...the Tom Robbins of folk music" (The Carbondale Flipside)
“Offbeat, yet touching observations on the human condition, Brian is one of Oregon's unique musical treasures... songs of spirit, whimsy and power" (Sisters of the Road newsletter)
"Wandering minstrel Cutean is a nimble guitarist and appealing singer whose jaunty folk songs and contemplative ballads are filled with personal reflection, social commentary and pure whimsy." (Willamette Week)
“Clever. quirky, lyrics that touch on deeper levels of being human...” (Hipfish Magazine)
"An unclassifiable and irreverent acoustic performer..." (The Austin Chronicle)
"A panoply of anomalous phenomena.” (Jim Larrance, Cut Up Sound)