Joe Quick Unites Country Music and Family at Grange Fair
The first time Joe Quick ever sang in public, he probably wasn’t thinking about someday becoming a popular name in country music all over Centre County.
After all, he was only 5 years old.
His mother, Lori Quick, sat in the stands of the Southside Stage on Friday afternoon at the Grange Fair, remembering watching her young son sing “Jesus Loves Me” one Sunday morning years ago in church.
“After that, he just started singing at different family functions and learned to play the guitar,” she says. “And it really just went from there.”
Joe Quick, a Philipsburg native, sang to the Grange Fair crowd in his soulful baritone that he’s “worked hard for the life [he's] living” in his original song “Good Old Boy” – and he was telling the truth.
A corrections officer Monday through Friday, Joe Quick says he “works basically every day of the week,” but he’s not complaining. After a slow start as a name in local live music, he says things have really taken off over the past year.
“It’s funny, because all of a sudden things have changed from me begging people to play shows to me having to turn some shows down,” Quick says.
He says managing what essentially amounts to two full-time jobs can be challenging, but he has a lot of help.
His wife, Molly Quick, fills many roles: public relations liaison, booking agent, merchandise booth operator and roadie – just to name a few. Though she has a lot to keep up with, she’s had the three years of their marriage to adjust to their busy life together.
“The second time we ever went out on a date, he mentioned he could play guitar and sing, so he just had to show off for me. I told him, ‘don’t you lose your voice if you want to keep me,’” she jokes, laughing.
Quick says his set involves a mix of both cover and originals, including crowd pleasures from such modern country acts as Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia line. Though he enjoys writing original music, he says his favorite part of a concert is watching the crowd sing along to songs they love.
“I really like watching people get engaged with the music,” Quick says. “Sometimes it can be as subtle as seeing someone’s lips move along to the music, and sometimes there are people in the back singing louder than I am.”
His father Pat Quick was also in the audience at the Grange Fair on Friday, which was Quick’s second time playing the fair. Pat Quick says both he and the musician’s grandfather worked at a family sawmill for many years, which has since closed – but he’s not upset that his son is pursuing other dreams.
“I just feel so proud to be able to look up there on that stage and say, ‘that’s my boy,'’’ he says.