April 2019

Musicians in Bathrooms: Cranford Hollow

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Musicians: John Cranford, Jon Bruner, Phillip Sirmans, Yannie Reynecke, and Eric Reid

What’s your sign?
John Cranford: Scorpio
John Bruner: Pisces
Phillip Sirmans: 7XL
Yannie Reynecke: Gemini
Eric Reid: Scorpio

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic.
JC: “All Around the World” (“The Myth of Fingerprints”), Paul Simon
JB: “Check my Brain,” Alice in Chains
PS: “Debra,” Beck
YR: “Snake Farm,” Ray Wylie Hubbard
ER: “Surprise Valley,” by Widespread Panic

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
JC: “Your music helped through some hard times.”
JB: “Your music made our night” is always special to me.
PS: “Is that all you in them jeans?”
YR: That she saw colors when I was playing. She had synesthesia, which means you hear and see colors, and said she didn’t always hear and see colors when people played, but she saw them from me. It was a really cool compliment.
ER: “Let’s do it again, boys!”—Charlie Daniels

What is your favorite song to perform?
JC: “Broken Cigarette,” by us
JB: “All Crash Down,” Cranford Hollow
PS: “Spanish Moon”
YR: “Spanish Moon”
ER: “Spanish Moon,” by Little Feat

What do you sing in the shower?
JC: Songs about my cats
JB: “Folsom Prison Blues”
PS: “Unpretty,” by TLC
YR: “Snake Farm”
ER: These days, it’s usually something by Big K.R.I.T.

Favorite cereal?
JC: Frosted Flakes
JB: Cap ’N’ Crunch
PS: Raisin Bran
YR: Don’t like cereal.
ER: Honey Bunches of Oats

At what venue do you most like to perform?
JC: Belly Up, Aspen, Colorado
JB: It’s not the venue; it’s the audience for me.
PS: Belly Up, Aspen
YR: Coligny Theater
ER: The Moon in Telluride, Colorado

Most requested song at shows?
JC: “Radio”
JB: I don’t know … I’m the drummer.
PS: “Radio”
YR: A lot of people like to yell “Copper Head Road” at Eric.
ER: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

First concert you attended?
JC: Maybe Beach Boys, Arby’s Wisconsin State Fair?
JB: R.E.O. Speedwagon
PS: Jimmy Buffett
YR: BB King
ER: I think it was Mr. and Mrs. Yearwood (Garth Brooks and Tricia)

Favorite artist?
JC: MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger
JB: Old 97’s
PS: Umphrey’s
YR: Ry Cooder
ER: Widespread Panic and UGK

Place you go to get away from it all.
JC: Daufuskie
JB: My secret lair overlooking Coligny Beach
PS: Lake house in Georgia
YR: Porter and Pig, every day!
ER: Tower Beach with my dogs and my Sweet Lady

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
JC: @swampfirerecords
JB: Gram. bumofbeach1… Also, FB.
PS: #generalpc
YR: Gram, yannie_reynecke
ER: Instagram ereid843

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…”
JC: “Bobby went down to the store; Susie went to the mailbox; What’s everyone lookin’ for?”
JB: “She was looking for her soul to heal. Sally walked up on an Emu. La la la doo doo doo…” (I’m a drummer.)
PS: “And asked, ‘Can you play track #3 of the new Britany Spears album?’ All us pretty girls wanna dance without you; All us pretty girls wanna dance without you; Wooohoooo, spring break girls.”
YR: “It just sounds nasty; It pretty much is; It’s a reptile house.”
ER: “Unfortunately she was wearing my shoes.

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
JC: Younger Jack Nicholson
JB: Darth Vader. I just want to see him jam out.
PS: James Van Der Beek
YR: Eric Reid
ER: Anyone but Tom Cruise or Sean Penn

First instrument you learned to play.
JC: Piano
JB: Mom says I tapped on everything since I was a toddler.
PS: Bass
YR: Cello
ER: Violin

Song you were thrilled to finally master.
JC: A song off our fifth album, “Songfield”
JB: “Tom Sawyer,” by Rush
PS: “Llama Llama Red Pajama”—Ludacris version
YR: “Snake Farm”
ER: “Without a Word,” by Phillip Sirmans

What do you wish you knew more about?
JC: Spanish language
JB: Particle physics
PS: Science
YR: Botany
ER: Science and philosophy

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
JC: Barbra Streisand
JB: Nora Jones
PS: Vitas
YR: Ray Wylie Hubbard
ER: Phillip Sirmans

What animal do you most identify with?
JC: My cat Retro
JB: Chihuahuas
PS: Squatch
YR: Bigfoot
ER: Human

If you got super-famous and you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
JC: Probably just drop the John and go with “Cranford”
JB: Jonnie Tendonitis
PS: Toledo Zoo
YR: Don Hammer
ER: Erik Reed

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