QCR has been called “the gospel of real life shit” (Divide and Conquer). The Queens, NYC-based band is home to the Southern-flavored songwriting of guitarist Marlon Hurt. As an expat Atlanta boy living in New York City, Marlon’s music showcases a meeting of opposites: blues meets pop; hooks meet poetry. This playful take on established Americana styles led some critics to declare QCR one of the best emerging bands of 2019 (Indie Spoonful; Please Pass the Indie).
QCR works closely with producer, soul singer-songwriter, and former member, Jesse Maxwell.
Queens County Roots is:
Rachel Dalton, lead vocals
Marlon Hurt, guitar, lap steel, harmonica, vocals
Josh Agulnick, guitar
Hope Johnson, keyboards, vocals
Dominic Farnan, bass
Luke Gefell, drums, vocals
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 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. Dom was the bandleader for Backyard Soul. Luke has been a staple of the NYC rock and blues scene for many years.