Joe Crow Ryan is a subway busker who has played banjo at the Lorimer / Metropolitan Ave subway stop for many years. In this short profile piece from Vice, Joe is interviewed and documented, giving a fascinating insight into the mind of a full-time subway busker.
We met up with Joe Crow Ryan, a well known NYC subway musician who uses music to overcome struggles with homelessness and the law. He’s unemployed and not looking for work, because he’s done with jobs. Here’s the story of how he went from hospital nurse, to subway banjo brusker, to musician recording an album in a real studio. Joe’s currently working on his third record.
Joe’s music is available for purchase on bandcamp.