"Old & Young is about as authentic as records come in 2013..."
- Jeremy Williams / So So Gay Magazine / London, England
"With the world at our fingertips and our need to have every wish granted instantaneously, often times our older musicians are forgotten. Old & Young is a collaboration that takes two musicians that are generations apart and blends every genre like rusty nails holding together a sturdy wooden deck under the sunset and after many rains."
Screamin Eagle is an American singer-songwriter who has recently relocated from Memphis to Nashville. He claims he was in a ragtime marimba band, that he's traveled the Delta by train, and has taken drum lessons from more than one of Ray Charles' drummers.
In April of 2010, when he was 22, Eagle vandalized one of the South's largest Baptist churches. He spent 3-months in Duval county jail then 6-months in a hospital for the criminally insane. Eagle was released being ruled N.G.I. (not guilty by reasons of insanity) and received no charges. While in the hospital he was granted permission by the judge to play guitar and sing daily as a therapeutic activity. After his release in 2010 he worked for a Chinese family at a Japanese restaurant in Florida where he saved and independently released his first album as Screamin Eagle, titled, Hurricane, in 2011.
In the Fall of 2012, Eagle moved to Memphis, Tn.
In August of 2013, Screamin Eagle collaborated with Delta Blues relic, Zeke Johnson, to produce and release an all analog album titled, Old & Young. Johnson was Furry Lewis' side-man for two-years and a pupil of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Eagle and Johnson were introduced by songstress Valerie June at an impromptu after hours jam at Java Cabana Coffeehouse in Memphis, Tn. The two went on to become close friends and the idea to record Old & Young was born after learning that Zeke had never recorded an album. Eagle envisioned capturing the purity of the two of them playing songs in his living room with no accompaniment. He began recording the project himself with a backpack studio, but, was later given funding by Memphis Art patron, Larry Stanley after hearing about the project from Java Cabana owner, Mary Burns. Old & Young was recorded in Studio C at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tn. and the album is now on the 2014 Grammy Ballot for Blues Album of the Year and Roots/Americana Album of the Year.
Eagle has shared the stage with David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, indie legend Dave Dondero, and Memphis' own, Valerie June. He's currently working at a pizza place and playing with percussionist Bobby Brown in and around Nashville, Tn.