Hailing from ‘The Redneck Riviera’ of Northwest Florida, W.B and the Geezers are a contemporary country duo comprised of Capt William Lake and Capt. Bill Crouch.With influences from the Caribbean and strong honky-tonk vibe, this ‘crusty, not rusty’ pair have gained a strong following on the Florida coast and beyond.
Capt Bill Crouch spent his early professional career as a sound engineer, working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, Bob Hope, and bands such as James Gang and Brownsville Station. After getting married and starting a family, Bill worked in computers before becoming a private yacht captain, where he began playing guitar again for the passengers, singing Island music and creating his own songs, influenced by Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and Kenny Chesney. In 2009, forty years after leaving the industry, Bill became a sound engineer again, producing music for his own shows and, in 2012, met William.
Capt Will, a Merchant Mariner, was born in Houston, Texas and, as the son of a Sea Captain, became a world traveler at a young age; making his first Trans-Atlantic crossing at just one and a half years old. It was in the 3rdGrade, singing ‘Let me call you sweetheart’ in the school play Will received his first standing ovation, and joined his first band in 1970 as a senior in Gulf Breeze High. After leaving college, he took a job on a Freighter traveling to Egypt, and in 1982 became a licensed officer, documenting his travels writing poetry, inspired by an English Professor.
In 1987 Will enrolled in the MFA theatre program of Brooklyn College, working as an actor and singer until 1993 saw him move home to be with his dying mother. Mary Lake was her son’s number one fan, and passed on her love of musical theatre to him, and introduced him to Howard Keel. In 1994, Will collaborated with Janie Nowell and Ross Orenstein to write an original musical; ‘The Redneck Riviera.’ After moving to Navarre Florida in 2005, Will founded the Greater Navarre Beach Arts Association, and it was there he met Capt.Bill. In 2013, Capt.Will and Capt.Bill recorded their first EP, ‘Don’t Want to Dream’, the title song inspired by the Vietnam era, although representative of conflicts around the world. This powerful, weighty song was balanced by the humorous songs ‘4 Hours is Never Enough’ a song about E.D. drugs, and ‘Grandma’s Got a Boyfriend’ about Senior Center Gigolos, which provided light-hearted laughs, displaying their diverse and often satirical style.
Capt.Will describes W.B and the Geezers as a band of geriatric party boys who have embraced their second childhood with drinks and guitars in hand, resurrecting a style of country music that tells stories of love, life, sadness and laughter. Their debut full length album, ‘You See Old, I See History’, which they recorded in 2015, is being well received by their fans in America and wider afield across Europe. Click here to listen to WB and the Geezers music!