When you live in New York, the sounds of the city become very much a part of you. After awhile, the din of buses, cabs honking and people yelling isn’t an interruption. The noise isn’t tuned out but it doesn’t warrant attention either. Every now and then though, even the most jaded New Yorker may take note of music in the subway, usually because it's either really bad or really good. In fact, one of my favorite NYC musicians—Lipbone Redding—got his start in the subway.
A mid-Atlantic cable network is picking up on the treasures that can be found underground. The MSG Network, which has traditionally focused on NYC sports (particularly teams that play at Madison Square Garden), is expanding its entertainment offerings with a show called NYC Sound Tracks.
The show takes viewers underground in five boroughs in search of the city's best subway musician. In typical reality TV fashion, viewers will have the chance to vote and narrow 16 musicians down to the top subway star.
The show begins airing July 13th at 8 p.m. on MSG.