Joel Crouse: Debut Spotlight
Born in Holland, Mass., 20-year-old Joel Crouse was in a hurry to grow up. He wrote his first song at 14, put a band together at 15, graduated from high school at 16 and signed to Show Dog-Universal shortly after turning 19.
His songs have a loose, laid-back vibe; the first single, “If You Want Some” (Crouse, Houston and Luke Laird), covers the familiar ground of friends getting together to party, but the groove ambles along, there’s no sense of hurry and at the end a sing-along riff fades like a sunset after
Here’s Crouse’s new video for “If You Want Some”:
1. Who is your dream duet partner? Either Adele or Carrie Underwood
2. What book is on your nightstand? My Bible
3. What do you sing in the shower? It’s really weird, I don’t sing in the shower that much, but if I did I’d probably be screaming something really stupid just to be goofy.
4. What’s your pet peeve? I hate warm or even lukewarm milk. Gross.
5. What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again? I quote a lot of movies, but lately it’s been a line from Dumb and Dumber: “Big Gulps huh? … Welpc’ya later.” It’s not that funny unless you hear it. One of those had to be there things…
6. What mode of transportation do you prefer? Well, I was lucky enough to join Darius’ band on their bus for part of the tour, and that was freaking awesome.
7. What actor/actress would portray you in a biopic about your life? Haha…The Most Interesting Man In TheWorld from the Dos Equis ads.
8. What moment in your life would you relive if you could?Probably when I played Michigan State University. One of the best crowds and also one of my first big gigs.
9. Do you have a lucky charm? I do. It’s a signed and framed photo of our past president Gerald Ford. No reason for it but I’ve had it since I was 15, and it’s been in my bedroom ever since.
10. If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?“That Was Epic”
11. When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? I hope in 50 years my music is timeless enough to still reach the youth of the future, just like I still listen to bands and artists from over 50 years ago.
12. If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be? I have given this some serious thought, and I just don’t know. Something musical related I’m sure, or maybe I’d just hop a train with a knapsack and see where it takes me.
13. What was your greatest performance to date – and why?One of my favorite performances was playing Columbia, SC opening for Darius Rucker at the Tin Roof. Amazing crowd, and it was packed - they almost shut it down. 12. If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be? I have given this some serious thought, and I just don’t know. Something musical related I’m sure, or maybe I’d just hop a train with a knapsack and see where it takes me.
14.What is your favorite food while on the road? Hummus and pita bread, and if I see a Chipotle, I’m stopping.