"one of the best emerging bands of 2019" --Indie Spoonful
"deftly pulls from rock, blues, bluegrass, R&B, pop and gospel"--BucketList
"kicks up some seriously rootsy dust" --Tinnitist
"If I was a good executive producer I'd be able to tell you everything about this band" --Indie Music LIVE!
Queens County Roots might affectionately be described as blues pop. Marlon grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, digging the blues, while his friend Alex Fedorow (of Gillian) was working the dance music scene in his native Queens, NY. Together, they conceived of a blues-based band heavy on rhythm and hummable melodies. With A.J., Hope, Josh, and Rachel, QCR mashes these blues and pop influences together into music that makes bodies wanna get up and move.
Rachel Dalton, lead vocals
Marlon Hurt, guitar, vocals
Hope Johnson, keyboard, vocals
Josh Agulnick, bass
A.J. Palumbo, drums
Rachel headed up the long-lived, Brooklyn-based soul outfit, The Irresponsibles. Marlon is the main songwriter of the group, and was the driving artistic force behind the original blues band, The Hurt Project. Hope is a trained pianist, a Brooklyn native, and half of the duo Hope and Maggie whose song videos have over a quarter million views on YouTube. Josh is a multi-instrumentalist from Boston, formerly with the group Wonder City. A.J. is a Queens native.