Cutean's repertoire of original songs and lyrics are introspective,
satirical, delightfully absurd and always acoustically gentle
The Austin American Statesman
Cutean ...or QTN, as he whimsically prefers to spell it, is a
stellar example of the unreconstructed hippie-folkie archetype:
Gandalf-esque appearance, penchant for convoluted puns, and socially
and psychically conscious songs, not to mention an uncanny ability
to sprinkle fairy dust on any audience and instantly get everyone
on his wavelength. Cutean's protean, peripatetic path has spanned
two decades and several states, often including Oregon. His first
(vinyl!) album came out on his 33-1/3rd birthday. Now, he's celebrating
45 with a new (OK, so it's a CD) single release, featuring "Food,"
a potent anti-poverty groove that's long been a staple of his
than funkio" Daniel Flessas host of The Outside World, KBOO
"Brian reminds people that things change." Ross Johnson
minstrel Cutean is a nimble guitarist and appealing singer whose
jaunty folk songs and contemplative ballads are filled with personal
reflection, social commentary and pure whimsy..."
Cutean sings softly about cerebral things. His introspective
folk music follows the traditional minstrel mode of telling stories
without judgement, without so much personla doctrine it overburdens
lyrics reflect his light sense of humor and strong sense of irony.
He presents the songs with the hand of subtlety, crafating poetic
stories about life, history and natural things..."
The San Marcos Daily Record
the gamut from activist to seer..."
The Grand Rapids Press
lyrics, smart guitar work and lyrics that reach you deep..."
The Eugene Weekly
provoking word spinning and finger plucking...a laid back meld
of lively lyrics, wacky wordplay and stories from the spaces
in his heart...a social commentator in the classic tradition
of a bard singing for his
bread; a melodious punster who brings grins to his listener's
lips and vagrant thoughts to their stirred-up minds..."
The Southeast Examiner
his guitar and high tenor, Cutean's songs are playful, energetic
A free ranging
mix of folk, jazz, blues and beat and sometimes-relevant,
sometimes-irreverent lyrics. It's music that aims to please but
take itself too seriously..."
The Medford Mail Tribune
clever, soft, magnanimous with a wry sense of humor and a
love of irony..."
the lyrics that will pull you in at first. From wild tales to
outright poetry and soul-touching truths, his singing ranges
from absurd to inspirational and from tragic to hilarious. It
is impossible not to be
touched by the passion of Cutean's words.
"But the genius of a Brian Cutean performance is his mastery
on the guitar. After hearing a set that makes you want to sob
and scream all while you have a smile on your face, Cutean will
take the stage with an
instrumental number that will let your soul run free while your
across the room..."
The Tacoma Reporter
pretty distinctly himself."
Peter Wilde folksinger, in the Eugene Register Guard
is, like so many Austin songwriters who use folk as a starting
point, an unclassifiable and irreverent acoustic performer..."
The Austin Chronicle
music, albeit sweet, lively and emotionally soothing. is the
for Cutean's clever. quirky, magical lyrics that touch on deeper
delights in wordplay, putting words together that have probably
been properly intorduced before, but make sense... in a cerebral
The Holland Sentinel
an ethereal voice that can reach the high notes with a style
guitar and harmonica playing that ranges from melodic to jazzy,
artfully blends many styles of music..."
The Chicago Heights Star
irony and wit pervade his stories while they celebrate mental
environmental perspectives. Cutean revels in wordplay and wild
his observations careen between the ridiculous to the prophetic..."
The Boulder Daily Camera
truth of the music is easy to find. You feel it. In the words
simplicity, in the simple melodic line that still involves, intrigues,
draws the listeners in to the surprise, the conundrum solved..."
The Hill Country Sun