DUSTY PASCAL and guitarist DAN BLISS Auburn Public Theater Main Stage

The 32-year-old Skaneateles, NY resident has a refreshingly old soul, and he expresses himself lyrically like a modern version of acoustic icon John Prine. Early on, I was influenced by guys like Kris Kristofferson and Jim Croce, because that’s who my dad listened to, but actually, I was most influenced by my dad, who’s a songwriter himself. Since his father first put a guitar in his hands at age 13, Pascal has trusted his musical instincts and has refused to let the commercial side of the music business affect his creative process