PHOTOS/VIDEOS: NEPA Scene Live with Joe Craig, James Barrett, Used-Car Cowboy, and Ryan Barry, 11/22/16
We kicked off our brand new NEPA Scene Live series at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant with an intimate local singer/songwriter night on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Each unsigned, independent artist was a finalist in previous seasons of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, and they all brought something different and special to the recently renovated stage.
Along with taking photos, we recorded each set and have provided them all below as videos and free downloads that can also be streamed via SoundCloud.
The show began with Moosic musician Joe Craig, who has been playing in the local scene for about 30 years in various bands like Attracted to Syn in addition to his solo work. His latest album, “13,” is available now on Bandcamp.
Next up was young rising star James Barrett, a Clarks Summit native who recorded his latest album, “The Metamorphosis EP,” with Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard. Currently working on new solo material and songs with his full band, Emberá, his albums can also be purchased on Bandcamp.
Then Used-Car Cowboy took the stage, a musician (and occasional stand-up comedian) who blends country, folk, blues, rockabilly, alt-country, and more into distinctive tunes like “Hot Box,” which is available on iTunes and various other platforms. He often performs with The Jerks, as he did in the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase earlier this year, earning them a very close second place.
Closing out the evening was 20-year-old Easton singer/songwriter Ryan Barry, who is set to release a new single in January that he played that night, along with other originals and some cleverly reworked covers.
NEPA Scene Live selects four to six original local artists to perform in a unique show at Thirst T’s every Tuesday night, starting at 7 p.m. and running until about 10 p.m. Each night will have a different theme, with some nights featuring all musicians, some all comedians, some mixed shows, and a few surprises along the way. Every event will be free and open to the public, through donations to the artists are encouraged.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.