They sing of heartache and of friendship, of politics and of fate. They are the Geezers, and they are playing at Shackleton's Folly Bar and Grill on Saturday. You heard it here first.
Webster's Dictionary defines "geezer" as "a queer, odd, or eccentric person — used especially of elderly men." These geezers are ready to take over the world, or at least a swath of Pinellas County, with their brand of spontaneous and introspective classic rock.
They've been playing together about a year, but their collective musical wisdom (110 years) is nearly as old as St. Petersburg.
On bass, Don Crawford of Largo, a bald 59-year-old with a white handlebar mustache, is the elder. Jim Chapin, 49, who looks like Crawford with a bit more hair, is on drums. Guitarist Clint McWilliams, 31, of Dunedin, and sound technician D.E. Walker, 36, of Gulfport, are old in soul alone, with the requisite flowing rocker hair.
Band leader Dave Summersill, 53, of St. Petersburg, brought them all together.
"We're like the Second Time Arounders for rock 'n' roll," said Summersill, adding, "I'd like to point out, that counting from 2002, (Jim) is my 45th drummer."
They write most of their own music, slipping occasional covers like The Who's Shakin' all Over or Funkadelic's Maggot Brain.
They admit it's going to be tough, this local domination idea. Then again, why not? They are producing a CD and plan to unveil a lineup of summer shows, including an encore at Shackleton's on June 26.
Explained Chapin: "There's no bigger turn-on than for girls to dance to your music. And at 49 and bald, that's about the best I got."