Baked Shrimp, the high-octane progressive fusion trio, has emerged as a young rising powerhouse in the festival circuit. Hailing from Long Island, NY, Jared Cowen (Guitar/Vocals), Scott Reill (Bass/Vocals), and Jager Soss (Drums/Vocals) showcase their energetic and improvisational talents, transforming their three-piece sound into a symphonic experience. The band had a groundbreaking year in 2022, performing over 120 concerts across the United States and making their debut in Canada. As 2023 unfolds, their success is set to soar even higher.
Kicking off the year with an electrifying show supporting the Disco Biscuits, Baked Shrimp embarked on a massive headlining Spring Tour. The trio is also slated to make their festival debuts at prestigious events like Peach Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Strange Creek Camp Out, and Northlands Live. In July, they will take the main stage at their hometown event, the Great South Bay Music Festival, where they will share the spotlight with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Baked Shrimp has garnered additional recognition by providing direct support for acclaimed artists such as Pink Talking Fish, Dopapod, Aqueous, Mihali (from Twiddle), and Kung Fu. Notably, the band hosts their own festival in Upstate New York called LonCon, created as a tribute to their most devoted supporter and ambassador, Lon “Conscious” Gellman. LonCon features live music, art, and two nights of camping, and plans are underway to bring the festival back in 2024.
Amidst their demanding touring schedule, Baked Shrimp has consistently released new music. Their 2021 album, Conscious, received critical acclaim from media outlets like LiveForLiveMusic, Grateful Web, and The Sound Podcast with Ira Haberman. Following a quick release of the three-disc live album, The Prawno Tapes, Vol. 1, the band returned to the studio to complete their early-2022 release, Pork Etiquette. JamBase’s Release Day Picks featured Pork Etiquette alongside albums by renowned artists such as Vulfpeck, The Weeknd, Lotus, and Cory Wong. Currently, the trio is hard at work in the studio, laying the groundwork for their fourth studio album, set for release in the fall of 2023.
With an upcoming nearly 50-date Summer Tour, Baked Shrimp is more prepared than ever to captivate the music world. No longer Long Island’s best-kept secret, they have become the hardest working band in the business, captivating audiences and leaving an indelible impression wherever they go. Baked Shrimp is a secret that simply cannot be kept.
Jared Cowen (Guitarist/Vocalist)
Jared Cowen is accomplished musician born on April 29th, 1998. Within the talented lineup of Baked Shrimp, Jared showcases his exceptional talent as a lead guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter, contributing to the band’s unique sound. Jared’s deep-rooted love for music blossomed at a tender age of four when he embarked on his musical journey, exploring the realms of composition.
Jared’s musical prowess shines through in Baked Shrimp’s intricate compositions, such as the captivating tracks “Down the Drain,” “Tulu,” and “Rosa,” which bear his creative signature. Throughout his early years, Jared dedicated himself to studying jazz, earning recognition and accolades for his skillful guitar playing on both County and State levels.
In 2017, Jared took the initiative to found Baked Shrimp, a venture that not only fueled his artistic passion but also piqued his interest in the business aspects of the music industry. Embracing this new role, he fearlessly immersed himself in the art of booking, promoting, and managing the band’s tours and performances. In 2019, Jared graduated from SUNY College at Oneonta, equipping himself with a degree in Music Industry.
Even today, Jared’s dedication to his craft remains unwavering. He continues to write captivating music, sharing his talent and knowledge through teaching. With a focus on Baked Shrimp’s success, Jared persistently strategizes and plans for the band’s future endeavors, aiming to take their musical journey to new heights.
Scott Reill (Bassist/Vocalist)
Scott Reill, a Long Island native, discovered his passion for bass during his elementary school years. Without any formal instruction, he embarked on a self-taught musical journey, spending countless hours honing his skills by playing along to songs by iconic bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles. His musical influences expanded to include the likes of They Might be Giants, The Clash, and Victor Wooten, shaping his unique style.
Fate brought Scott and Jared Cowen together through mutual friends, leading to a pivotal moment when Cowen invited him to play bass for a one-night performance with his side project band. Scott’s exceptional talent surpassed all expectations, impressing Cowen to the point where he extended an invitation for him to become the permanent bassist of Baked Shrimp.
Jager Soss (Drummer/Vocalist)
Jager Soss, a Long Island native who’s been immersed in the rhythm since day one. At the youthful age of 22, he lives and breathes drumming like nobody’s business. From an early age, it was crystal clear that Jager was destined to be a drumming prodigy. Reflecting on the first time he grabbed a pair of sticks, he fondly recalls, “I instantly knew I had found my lifelong pursuit.”
Jager’s musical journey has blessed him with incredible opportunities to grace the stage alongside legends in the industry. He’s jammed with the likes of George Porter Jr. from The Meters, Butch Trucks from the Allman Brothers Band, Kenny Brooks from Rat Dog, Robert Walter from the Mike Gordon Band, and hey, he’s even collaborated with the one and only Debbie Gibson. Talk about an epic lineup!
Jager Soss, at the young age of 16 in 2018, found himself joining the ranks of Baked Shrimp after a serendipitous connection with Jared through the vast realm of social networks. It all began when their shared love for similar music sparked an instant connection. Recognizing Jager’s undeniable talent and passion for the craft, Jared couldn’t resist but invite him to become a part of the band’s incredible journey. With Jager’s infectious energy and raw talent infusing the group’s sound, Baked Shrimp embarked on a thrilling new musical adventure that continues to captivate audiences.