Local singers shaking up music scene

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Clairen Reese

They’re not your average musicians. They’re an eclectic two-man “crusty, not rusty” duo taking the music scene by storm with their unique blend of country music vibes and great sense of humor.

Their band is called W.B. and the Geezers. A Geezer is defined as an odd or eccentric old man. In this case, there are two of them: Capt. Bill Crouch and Capt. Will Lake.

They hail from Northwest Florida’s Redneck Riviera and jokingly refer to themselves as “Will never Bill and Bill never Will.” The two claim they’re just a couple of senior musicians embracing their second childhood with feet in the sand and instruments and drinks in hand.

This charismatic duo combines a Caribbean influence and strong honky tonk vibes for a catchy, yet direct and edgy, sound.

“Our music echoes the work of performers such as John Denver, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few,” said Captain Bill.

Capt. Bill got his start as a sound engineer, working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, Bob Hope, and bands such as the James Gang and Brownsville Station. He eventually became a private yacht captain and began playing guitar again for the passengers, singing island music and creating his own songs, influenced by Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and Kenny Chesney.

Crouch met Lake, a Merchant Mariner, in 2012. Lake had joined his first band in 1970 while a senior at Gulf Breeze High. After college he took a job on a freighter traveling to Egypt, and in 1982 became a licensed officer.

In 2013, the two recorded their first EP, “Don’t Want to Dream,” the title song inspired by the Vietnam era. Humorous songs such as “Four Hours is Never Enough” and “Grandma’s got a Boyfriend” balanced it out.

Their debut full-length album, You See Old, I See History, recorded in 2015, is being well received by their fans in America and across Europe.

“Since the recent release of single “Dixie” it is now being played on over 150 stations in Australia, 44 in Europe, 30 in the UK and Ireland and we are now breaking into the home of Red Dirt Country music in the great state of Texas,” Capt. Will said. “It is the lead off single to our third CD, due for release in November. The EP is titled “EmBrace Your Geezerdom.”

For more information visit  www.wbandthegeezers.com. To book an event, contact wbandthegeezers@gmail.com or bill@captbill.com.

(850) 791-3886 or (850) 637-3897.