We welcome to the Listeners Lounge musician Ben Cramer of the band Old Sea Brigade. Ben has been drawn to music nearly his entire life. He took time to chat with us about his career thus far. In the way-back machine, he and some teenage friends created a Green Day cover band. His music abilities grew and led him to a tour with the rock band, Kansas. Upon his return from touring with them and others, Ben decided to focus his efforts and create Old Sea Brigade. The band name was conceived years before, but had never been used. Working out of Nashville, Ben has seen his career grow incrementally and steadily. He would not have it any other way. He has a new album releasing in August of 2020 and hopes to be able to get back into the live performance as soon as possible.
Movies, television and streaming:
Walt really liked The Old Guard on Netflix starring Charlize Theron. He also mentioned some classics from the 80’s — Commando, The Naked Gun and Spaceballs. He said Commando and Spaceballs have not aged well, but The Naked Gun is still as funny as ever. Walt wraps up with a reminder of the remake, Midway, which Ben also said was a great flick.
Ben got pulled into the documentary, World War II in Color. He also finds himself going back to binge epsiodes of The Office. He just saw (and liked) Being John Malkovich. Additionally, he admits he had avoided horror movies in his past, so he made himself watch The Shining and Silence of the Lambs.
Alan was back to supporting older movies being released in the movie theaters. His recommendation was for The Empire Strikes Back, which just hit it’s 40th anniversary. Alan also relayed having seen the Altanta Symphony Orchestra play the score live to the film and suggests everyone should do that one day.
Ben is listening to the new Neil Young release of some older pieces called, “Homegrown.” He has also been listening to a lot of The Grateful Dead. This led to a conversation with Ben and Walt about The Dead and Dead and Company. Alan went in a different direction and mentioned the New Age group 2002. He also discussed playing the entire Rush discography, one album a night, after the passing of Neil Peart in January of this year.
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