Knowing that I'm not a guy into listening to guitar players and vocalists in coffee houses, that's exactly what I found myself doing last night as I wandered the streets of downtown New Haven, looking for a place to have an (anti-starbucks) Cup o' Joe to fuel the darker part of my evening.
Surprisingly, Todd Kramer (ironically an Orangeman like myself – Syracuse alum) was tucked away in a corner, no stool, no amp, no backup band. Just him and his guitar. It was amazing. I'd heard about him earlier in the week from another Syracuse friend in NYC, and checked out his iTunes stuff, and was surprised (after I downloaded his EP ONE PAIR OF EYES) and I found a voice which really filled the small coffee house (great, by the way; BYOB, for those looking for a bit of proof in their beverage) without all the glitz glam and production of the "new music" these days, usually culled from AMERICAN IDOL or THE VOICE or one of the other many star
fuckers making machines.
Step out of your comfort zone (in my case, disco's resurgence!) and sample the local blend.
You'd be surprised who's on iTunes these days.
Todd Kramer. Remember that name.
His EP will quickly give you an earworm.