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What are you listening to? Isaac Flynn, guitarist for Quiet Corral

Quiet Corral performs along with Cowboy Indian Bear at 8 p.m. Friday at Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, as part of JayRock 8. Tickets are $20 and $40 at uptowntheater.com.


Quiet Corral’s first show was in the parking lot of a University of Kansas sorority house in 2010, and while there are worse places for an all-male group to perform, the band has since ascended to more upscale locales.

This Friday, it’ll play at the Uptown Theater at JayRock 8, a benefit for the JayDoc Free Clinic.

“This is our second time playing JayRock,” guitarist Isaac Flynn said. “We really support the services that JayDoc provides for the folks of Kansas City, and we also love getting to play in a room like the Uptown. It’s a win win.”

Quiet Corral’s past year has included tours with the bands Gomez and the Kopecky Family Band and opening slots for Gary Clark Jr. and Dawes. Next month, it’ll travel to South by Southwest, the annual Austin, Texas, music festival, to play multiple showcases.

Ink caught up with Flynn to talk about his musical influences.

1. What’s the album that influences you the most?

“Damn the Torpedoes” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I think that the Heartbreakers are some of the most tasteful part writers ever. Their respect for space in music really influences the way I attempt to write.

2. What’s the first album you bought with your own money?

“There Is Nothing Left to Lose” by the Foo Fighters. I was 8 years old when this record came out. My dad had given me a copy of Modern Drummer magazine, and the feature story was about Dave Grohl convincing Taylor Hawkins to join the band. I was fascinated with how Dave Grohl made the switch from drums in Nirvana to fronting his own band.

3. What’s an album you’ve never gotten tired of listening to?

It’s too difficult to pick just one album — here’s four: “In Rainbows” by Radiohead, “Stankonia” by OutKast, “Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder and “Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin. These albums are vastly different from one another, but if you put one of these records on, I’ll be down to listen to the entire thing.

4. What’s the most recent album you’ve fallen in love with? What made you fall in love with it?

“Shields” by Grizzly Bear. This band is so innovative. I was way into their previous record, “Veckatimest,” and I might like “Shields” even more.

5. If you’re going on a soul-searching, cross-country road trip, what are the three CDs you’re bringing with you?

“Sky Blue Sky” by Wilco, “Unchained,” by Johnny Cash and “Forget and Not Slow Down” by Relient K. In my opinion, “Unchained” is one of the most honest and powerful records ever made. Relient K is often remembered for its earlier albums, but “Forget and Not Slow Down” is a very mature and amazingly crafted rock record.

6. What song helped you find your voice as a musician?

“A Day in the Life” by the Beatles. It really showed me how diverse a song structure can be and still work. It might be the perfect song.

7. It seems like you guys have been touring a lot more this year. How’s that been going?

Touring has been fantastic. We feel very fortunate to have played with some incredible bands, and we can’t wait to start traveling again this spring.


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