Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States! This may not be my first celebration of this holiday, but it is my first Thanksgiving as a U.S. citizen, which makes today even more special. Gobble, gobble, everyone!
In this episode of R.A. Nation, Roxy & Antman talk with Norwegian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter, Rocky Kramer. Plan to receive a ton of insight & knowledge from this ambassador of rock! Come join the conversation with this Viking Rocker!
Photos of Rocky's appearance at the red carpet and performance at the 9/11 Celebrity Benefit Concert presented by SoHo Johnny in New York City. Rocky appeared onstage with singer Joey Belladonna from Anthrax, guitarist Jon Butcher, bass player NO Mansfield and drummer DRMAGDN, and later on with legendary composer and pianist Randy Edelman.
This week Ray is joined by special guest co-host and fellow podcaster Tina Marie Trimpert. Their featured guest is musician and rocker Rocky Kramer. Rocky talks about his music influences, the movie he is going to be apart of and being from Norway. We also discuss the Nirvana baby controversy and much more! Plus OH! THE HUMANITY!
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A SOHOJOHNNY PRODUCTION: The 9/11 celebrity extravaganza will feature the most illuminated stars of music, film and fashion on the planet. Those set to perform or walk the crimson carpet include Let Me Help Inc. Founder SohoJohnny, DRMAGDN (Cyborg Drummer/DJ), Sh!tty Princess, fashion designer Sue Wong, Kreesha Turner, Afroman, Corey Feldman, Leon Robinson, Randy Edelman, Kim Sledge (Sister Sledge), Leland Sklar (Toto), Fred Schneider, (B-52’s) Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Dave Kendrick (Devo), Kenny Aronoff, Grandmaster Jhong Kim, Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Animaze X, No Mansfeld (Revolushun), April Rose Gabrielli, Kulick, Billy Hess, Rocky Kramer, Jason Finney, ARO Rose, Jerad Finck (BLAZAR), Katie Welch, Queeny King, American Idol & The Voice Singers Manny Cabo, Alle Guercio, Jerome Bell, talk show host Mickey Burns, Howard Bloom, Simonetta Lein, Jimmy Star and Ron Russell.
The Let Me Help Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable entity that provides funding and support for other charities but also engages directly in charitable activities. Its mission is to strive to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been affected in some way by an unforeseen circumstance or illness by raising money through the celebration of music, laughter and dance.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the devastation of 9/11 we will be supporting “Operation Warrior Shield” which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, first responders and their families, eliminating veteran homelessness with service dog assistance.
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Where does a musician get an idea for a song? Rocky Kramer is an L.A.-based performer who started writing as a teenager in Norway. He plays guitar and quite a few other instruments, hosts a show called Rock 'n' Roll Tuesdays on Twitch, the video game live streaming service, and has just been signed to play the lead in a movie called Rockin' In Time. Gail talks with him about his youth in Norway, and how he found his way from classical music to rock; about the joys of performing live; and about the moments that led to his latest single "Alcohol".
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Creativity. What happens in that charmed moment when a genius song, painting, book or film is born? On The Brainwave Podcast, Gail Hulnick interviews writers, composers, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and others about how, when, where, and why they fell in love with an idea; what they did to spark it; and what they did next.
Check out Rocky's interview with Belinda Ellsworth on Work From Your Happy Place, a podcast that equips you with the tools, know-how, and motivation to live your dreams and find your happy place. Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant and Podcaster, Belinda Ellsworth brings you conversations with others who have found their happy place in work and in life.
This is the Norwegian press release. The English version is underneath.
ROCKEGITARIST-SENSASJON ROCKY KRAMER HAR FÅTT HOVEDROLLEN I MUTT PRODUCTIONS-FILMEN “ROCKIN' IN TIME”
Den norske rockeren kjent for hans virtuose gitartalent og kraftige sangstemme skal spille hovedrollen i den nye Rockin' In Time filmen
San Antonio, TX – Etter et krevende internasjonalt søk etter en “uslepen diamant" ― som beskrevet av rollesetter R. Scott Leisk ― så har Rockin' In Time funnet den norske musikeren, Rocky Kramer, som skal spille filmens hovedrolle, Lars Olsen. Mutt Productions og Allied Artists komedien om tidsreising og rock & roll skal bli regissert av Aaron Lee Lopez (som tidligere regisserte Teenage Girl filmene) og blir produsert av multi-platinum og seks ganger Grammy-vinnende musiker og filmprodusent, Kurt Wipfli, sammen med co-produsent Paul Matthew Lopez. Kramers debutalbum i 2019, Firestorm, inkluderte den globale #1 DRT hit-singelen "Rock Star." Kjent som metalgitarvirtuos og rockevokalist, Kramer demonstrerte sitt skuespillertalent i hans egen Rock Star musikkvideo. For å sitere The Hollywood Digest's Michelle Tompkins, "Rocky Kramer er en moderne viking som erstatter hans forfedres økser med en gitar. Han erobrer verden med barregrep og raske, melodiske gitarsoloer! Som sanger, musiker og låtskriver er han en trippel trussel med en musikkstil som blander barokk-innflytelser med 80-talls rock!"
Kramer åpnet opp for metallbandet Buckcherry på den europeiske turneen deres i slutten av 2019 og hadde begynt forberedelsene på en nord-amerikansk turne i 2020, som det ikke ble noe av pga Covid-19 pandemien. Etter å ha blitt satt på sidelinjen av året som aldri ble, så begynte Kramer å strømme et direkte ukentlig musikkprogram "Rock & Roll Tuesdays with Rocky Kramer," som nå har mer enn 65 episoder og et jevnt voksende publikum.
"Rockin' In Time" er en humoristisk tolkning av nåtidens nostalgiske interesse for musikken, moten og personlighetene fra 80-tallets musikkmiljø, fortalt gjennom den unge og lovende rockemusikerens reise til 40 år frem i tid. Kramer skal spille Lars Olsen, en småpopulær rock & roll virtuos, som behandler gitaren sin som en av 80-tallets gitarguder, mens han samtidig vekker oppsikt med sin kraftige stemme. Regissør Aaron Lee Lopez sier om rollebesetningen at “jeg ser fram til å samarbeide med Rocky. Han har personligheten vi har lett etter for å gi liv til denne rollen på det store lerretet,” mens co-produsent Kurt Wipfli bemerker at “Rocky Kramer er født til å spille rollen som Lars Olsen. Han er en fantastisk musiker og artist, noe som gjør hans portrett troverdig og underholdende. Rockys lidenskap for musikk skinner når han spiller gitaren sin.”
Rock Guitar Sensation Rocky Kramer Cast As Lead In Mutt Productions Rockin’ In Time Movie
Norwegian rocker known for his virtuosic guitar skills and power vocals will play the lead character in the upcoming Rockin’ In Time feature film
San Antonio, TX – Following an arduous worldwide hunt for a “diamond in the rough,” ― as described by casting director R. Scott Leisk ― Rockin’ In Time has snagged Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, Rocky Kramer, who will play the film’s lead character, Lars Olsen. The Mutt Productions / Allied Artists rock n’ roll time travel comedy adventure is being directed by Aaron Lee Lopez (of the Teenage Girl franchise) and produced by multi-platinum and six-time Grammy Award winning musician, turned motion picture producer, Kurt Wipfli. Kramer’s 2019 debut album, Firestorm, spawned the #1 Global DRT hit single, “Rock Star.” Widely recognized as a metal guitar virtuoso and power vocalist, Kramer demonstrated formidable acting skills with his Rock Star music video performance. To quote The Hollywood Digest’s Michelle Tompkins, “Rocky Kramer is a modern-day Viking, replacing his ancestors’ axe with a guitar. Conquering the world with power chords and melodic shredding! Being a power singer, musician and songwriter, he’s a triple-threat with a sound that is infused by both baroque influences and 80’s rock!” Kramer joined metal icons Buckcherry in support of their European tour at the end of 2019 and prepared to embark on a North American tour in 2020, which was scuttled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sidelined by the year that never was, Kramer began hosting a live weekly television broadcast called “Rock & Roll Tuesdays with Rocky Kramer,” that has now amassed more than sixty-five episodes and enjoys a consistent and growing weekly audience.
Kramer’s first studio album, “Firestorm” was released in August of 2019 by Allied Artists Music Group, together with an epic music video. In addition to reaching #1 on the Global DRT chart, the album’s first single, “Rock Star” racked up a Best Rock Performance nomination at the 2019 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (“HMMA”). Kramer was voted Best New Male Rock Musician by the editors of Rock Over America Magazine and is a member of The Recording Academy (“The Grammys”). Kramer plays and zealously endorses Fender® Guitars as well as ENGL® Amplifiers, Spiral Electric FX Effects Pedals, ClearTone Strings®, Jim Dunlop® Jazz III Guitar Picks & Cry Baby® Wah Wah along with Fractal Audio Systems. Indeed, Kramer’s triple Humbucker Fender Stratocaster guitar co-stars in this movie.
“Rockin’ In Time” is a humorous take on today’s nostalgic interest in the music, styles and personalities of the 1980’s music scene, as seen through the eyes of an up-and-coming rock musician thrust 40 years into the future. Kramer will play, Lars Olsen, a rising rock n’ roll virtuoso, who wields his axe as a protege of guitar gods of the 1980s, while simultaneously captivating audiences with his dominant vocal skills. Director Aaron Lee Lopez says of Kramer’s casting: “I look forward to working with Rocky. He has that special aura we have been looking for to bring this story to life on the big screen,” while co-producer Kurt Wipfli remarks that “Rocky Kramer is a natural for the role of Lars Olsen. He’s an incredible musician and performer which makes his portrayal believable and entertaining. Rocky’s passion for music shines through when he’s playing his guitar.”
When asked about landing the lead role, Kramer remarked: “I’m unbelievably excited to play this role because I can totally relate to Lars. To start with, I’m a huge fan of time travel movies. While I don’t actually recall traveling in time, finding myself time-warped in a strange land, relying on my musical wits to find my way, is kinda my story!” Rock icon and longtime friend of Kramer, Prescott Niles (The Knack, Missing Persons), who has actually played with Rocky, commented that he “truly is a rare combination of youthful enthusiasm and boyish charm. His guitar playing displays thrilling virtuosity and the technical command needed to cover his eclectic range of music styles: classical and hard rock progressive. His unique chord voicing and stellar music arrangements are also to be pointed out for their addictive musical hooks and visionary production. It didn’t take long to see and hear the technically brilliant and creative guitarist I had heard about. The ‘reality’ was far superior to any public relations hype!!!”
Mutt Productions is a cutting-edge studio located in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in youthful audience content, with feature films including “Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday,” “Teenage Vampire,” “Teenage Girl: First Wheel,” and “Teenage Girl: Skip Day,” among many others to their credit. Mutt Productions’ content often pays homage to and is reminiscent of the late great John Hughes.
The history of Allied Artists is long, varied and legendary. Throughout the years, the Allied Artists brand has been associated with such classic motion pictures as “Papillon,” starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, “Cabaret,” with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, “Tickle Me” starring Elvis Presley, and “The Man Who Would be King,” starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer, to name but a few.
Allied Artists press release: https://www.alliedartists.com/2625-2/
Rocky Kramer appears on Roger The Wild Child Show with all-time legendary drummer, Kenny Aronoff! Kenny has played drums with John Mellencamp, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf, Mick Jagger, Smashing Pumpkins, Elton John and many more! The show is hosted by Roger The Wild Child, Jimmy Knight and Deborah Driggs, and features YouTube Weatherman Frankie MacDonald.
Watch the entire interview below!