Born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, Quinlan Valdez’s musical life began in 2010 when he first saw Jalan Crossland perform a show for Casper’s ArtCore program. The show gave enough inspiration to learn the banjo and guitar. Since learning the two instruments Quinlan has been writing his own songs. Listeners claim his style to the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Townes Van Zandt.
Since 2018, Valdez has been playing in local coffee shops, restaurants, and even large popular venues in and around Wyoming. With deep songs of life experiences in a relaxing tone. A few fellow musicians and fans of Quinlan’s works will claim poetry, not songs. It is a compliment he hears often but still struggles to believe it. In the end he only wants to play music.