A Songwriter’s New York City Survival Guide

It isn’t Bob Dylan’s or Simon & Garfunkel’s New York anymore. Nor that of Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Leonard Cohen, or Patti Smith. (It’s definitely not the fictionalized, drab NYC of Inside Llewyn Davis.) Hell, it’s not even the same NYC from when Ryan Adams, Norah Jones or Sharon Van Etten made waves. New York belongs to whoever moves or comes of age here next. “Remember that most artists in NYC are from somewhere else. So you should fit right in,” says George See, a.k.a “Shimmy” of the blog GaragePunkNYC.It’s a big pond but with many tributaries. Indie-psychedelic band Backwords’ Brian Russ says, “Be it bands, visual art at gallery spaces, literary events, comedy events, films, there are at least 25 high quality artistic events you can take part in any night of the week, pretty much 365 days a year. But on the flip side of this – it’s also one of the biggest challenges we all face as artists – how to get our voices heard amongst a vast sea of choices.” Acoustic music is on the rise again. Erin Bru of honky-tonk band The Defibulators (whose music reminds one of Waylon Jennings if he called NYC home)…

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