Daily Discovery: Todd Lewis Kramer, “Tennessee”

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ARTIST: Todd Lewis Kramer

SONG: “Tennessee”

HOMETOWN: Woodbridge, Connecticut

CURRENT LOCATION:  Brooklyn, New York

AMBITIONS:  To write and play songs that people like enough for me to go on a real national or international tour.

TURN-OFFS:  Closed-mindedness, Ignorance, Large Dinner Parties, Anchovies

TURN-ONS:  Good dry humor, Non-judgmental people, Charisma, Peanut Butter

DREAM GIG:  I think a headlining show at Madison Square Garden would do.

FAVORITE LYRIC:  “I ain’t ever been to Vegas, but I gambled up my life” – Ryan Adams, “Oh My Sweet Carolina”

SONG I WISH I WROTE:  “The Weight” – The Band

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:  Barack Obama, Derek Jeter, Jim Carrey, Whitney Houston, and my grandmother 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: I’m not much of a festival-goer, but I got to see Tom Petty at Bonnaroo in 2006.  That was a pretty memorable one.

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE…People have always come up to me and said I should move to Nashville, that my sound would work there.  So I started daydreaming about it and started writing this song.  Then the song evolved into a song about growing up and sort of navigating that jump to adulthood.

Fruit Bats: Absolute Loser