Project (project) n. “an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned or designed to achieve a particular aim”
BarRoom Neon Project started as three musician friends reuniting after years of performing separately, collaborating to create a sound that is both reminiscent and fresh. It soon became apparent that in order to achieve their goal, the flexibility of more instrumentation was essential and at that, the “Project” was born.
Comprised of Joe Famulare (guitar, vocals), Steve Grippe (guitar, vocals), Christine Famulare (bass, vocals, flute, harmonica), Jerry Smith (drums), and Randall Brown (keyboards), BarRoom Neon Project is the culmination of talents from Terminal Reign, Pointless Forest/Wandering Folk, Monkey and the Crowbar and other groups from the Central New York area. Collectively, and throughout their past careers, BarRoom Neon Project members have performed in bars and clubs, outdoor festivals, and events in the Gloversville/Johnstown area, the Adirondack Park region, Albany, Syracuse, New York City, Massachusetts and New Jersey. All experienced success in various forms such as loyal followings, favorable reviews, radio airplay, a national distribution record contract, and shows in well- known venues such as CBGB (New York City), Caffe Lena (Saratoga NY), and the church where “Alice’s Restaurant” was filmed (Great Barrington MA). Drawing on their extensive experience and backgrounds in all types of music, including classical, jazz, rock, folk and metal, BarRoom Neon Project is diverse without being uncomfortable and has an appeal to audiences of all types.
Performers and songwriters with influences that range from such musicians as Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker, Pink Floyd and artists from genres such as Motown, country, and blues, BarRoom Neon Project has a talent for making popular and obscure covers their own, while still retaining the songs’ integrity. As a result of BarRoom Neon’s flair for arrangement and influences from all genres of music, the listener finds comfort in a familiar song, yet not a replication of something that has already been done. Just as their covers are not an attempt to mimic someone else, BarRoom Neon Project’s original compositions do not serve to totally alienate the listener with the unfamiliar. “One of the greatest comments we have gotten is that our originals sound somehow familiar; evocative of other works, but not so much so that we bring to mind any one artist,” says the group members of their songwriting, and of their goal as a band, “We’ve all toured and performed and are not new to the music business and the result is a polished and professional group”. Although the members of the group have different influences and backgrounds, BarRoom Neon Project’s mission is to present a professional, extremely listenable, seasoned group to every audience.