By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
The legacy created by Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer is still alive today, thanks to his grandson, Jason Coleman.
Cramer’s distinct style of playing can be heard on hits like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy and “Sweet Dreams,” Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel,” “All I Have to Do is Dream” by the Everly Brothers and “Please Help Me, I’m Falling” by Hank Locklin.
Coleman now tours the country playing his grandfather’s hits, as well as his own favorite songs.
“It pays tribute to his impact on the music industry,” Coleman said in a phone interview with the Journal. “He contributed his piano to the biggest country and pop and rock songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I also play some of my favorite songs in his signature style. I’ve always played piano so it’s fun for me to play songs I love and for his style to come through. It’s a neat thing.”
His concerts also include multimedia, as he’s able to tell his grandfather’s story.
Coleman didn’t take piano lessons from his famous grandpa, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t learn from him.
“He was humble. He was a gentleman. He treated people right. He was a good and kind person, and that’s carried on through my own family. I was fortunate to grow up in a family of love, laughter and faith, and he was right up at the top of that,” Coleman said.
His mother, and Cramer’s daughter, tours with him, which keeps the show all in the family.
“The concerts feature her son and her dad, so that’s a neat thing for her to experience and for us to experience together,” he said.